Is Tap Water in Mumbai Safe to Drink? (2019)

Did you know that Mumbai tap water is now safe to drink? Tap water in Mumbai. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC collected daily water samples from April 2018 to March 2019. And, they have found that only 0.7% of it has examined positive for coliform bacteria. Way better than the quality standard set by the World Health Organization limit for it is 5%.

Tap Water in Mumbai

As a result, the communities need to sustain the cleanliness of the tanks and storage. On their observation, BMC’s Master Balance Reservoir in Bhandup has one of the purest water in the world. But as it goes by the distribution system, its quality degrades, and the end consumer gets polluted water, which is unsafe for consumption without filtering.

Authorities rehauled the distribution system and hoping that the safe supply continues. Mumbai is known for the water-borne illnesses and cases of diarrhea that come to light every year. We are now hoping that the water supply remains clean.

Source of Water in Mumbai, India

Mumbai has a population of over 13 million, is one of the largest cities in the world. The water originates from both lake and river sources by gravity and pumped schemes. Water supplied by gravity is drawn from Vaitarna, Tansa, upper Vaitarna, Vihar, Tulsi, and Powai. The pumped water source is from rive Bhatsa, 65kms from the city. Pumping schemes were taken up, after the completion of the projects with lake sources in 1972.

Earlier times, rainwater was the primary source of water supply, and in which they collect from tanks. People managed to estimate the height of collected rainwater in the tank. And subsequently, choose how much to draw from it to make it last over the year, recalls Kisan Mehta. Now, with piped water supply, this old way of conservation of water has been forgotten.

Some of the Local Convenience Stores in Mumbai

  • Modern Stores
  • Delta Convenience Store
  • 9 Nine
  • Aashapura
  • Janta
  • Apna Bazaar
  • Geeta Supermarket
  • The Loot Mart

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeINRUSDEURGBP
1.5-liter ₹28.14$0.40€0.36£0.32

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