In a city gasping for water, MCGM tells you that 32.5 million buckets of water are being wasted. The truth is that the number could be much higher, because the MCGM’s estimates at present are simply assumptions. There is no data available to back these claims. Now after seeing the success of water audits in Nagpur, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is again mulling over conducting a water audit for Mumbai. The corporators had earlier rejected it over petty squabbles. In fact, the idea has been in the pipeline for three whole years now. The audit will help identify and analyse whether the amount of water being supplied reaches the consumer without any losses in terms of leakages. This is especially important as the city’s residential area are still grappling with a 15 per cent water cut that might go up to 30 per cent this March when summer begins. Presently MCGM doesn’t know which ward is getting how much water supply. Water is directly supplied from the reservoir to the wards. It is also the reason why there are complaints of uneven distribution of water in the city.
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