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Delhi May Get Its Own Version Of Singapore's Sewage Water Treatment Technique To Make It Drinkable

Delhi Insider 25 June 2018


Hola, fellow Delhiites! Remember we recently told you that in two years time, Delhi would run out of ground water? Looks like we might have a solution to this problem! There’s something up Delhi Jal Board’s sleeve! Let’s find out what it is.

Water, Water Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink! | Our city might have its own version of NEWater, a sewage treatment technique from Singapore to make the water potable. If this technique is successful in the capital, then it might increase the water supply by one-fifth here! So there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Phew! 

A Delhi Jal Board officer said that they’re planning to release the water from a sewage treatment plant into the Yamuna, at the point where the river enters into the city. The river water will be treated in a water treatment plant, which will then be supplied to us Delhizens. Hmm, a neat plan for sure! Releasing the water into the river will increase its volume, while also maintaining the ecological flow. 

Currently, the city produces about 916 MGD (million gallons per day) of water, which translates to around 3.5 billion litres, out of which only 80 MGD is groundwater. The remaining comes from the rivers, Yamuna and Ganga, which is treated and then supplied to us. The plan is to increase production capacity by around 200 MGD by 2021. The city needs 1100 MGD and is falling short by quite a bit. 

Delhi is also planning to meet the city’s increasing water supply by getting more from UP. Meanwhile, there are plans to install water treatment plants in Sonia Vihar Phase II and Dwarka Phase II as well.

Experts are, however, worried that the entire effort of treating water at sewage treatment plants could go to waste if the water is released back into the Yamuna as the river is very polluted. However, we’re gonna keep our fingers crossed and hope for some good news about Delhi’s deteriorating water condition!

Sourced Via Hindustan Times