New Delhi, July 10 (G’nY News Service): Delhi’s plummeting groundwater levels and subsequent water shortage woes need no introduction. In what might prove to be a promising venture towards water conservation, the state’s Chief Minister, Arwind Kejriwal inaugurated a “toilet to tap” waste water treatment plant at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Keshopur.
The pilot project, titled Sujala Dhara, Toilet to Tap–Transforming Lives through Technology, is a joint venture between the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the public charitable trust Social Awareness Newer Alternatives (SANA) and boasts of a capacity of 25 million litres of water per year.
The treatment plant utilizes the Bio Filtration Nano Membrane Filtration Technology and yields cent per cent potable water. The CM even drank a glass of water from the plant himself to demonstrate the high quality.
“Today, we inaugurated a small plant to recycle waste water to potable quality. I myself drank that water,” Kejriwal tweeted after inaugurating the plant.
Kejriwal revealed that the AAP government envisages to set up “hundreds of toilet to tap sewage treatment plants in the next few years” to address the city’s water shortage miseries.
“Delhi does not have its own dedicated water body. That is why it is imperative to be able to store and utilise the monsoon flow in the Yamuna river, Hundreds of such small plants all over Delhi will solve severe water problem in the next few years,” he said in the launch.
As a part of their water conservation efforts the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is in talks with the Government of Singapore to treat sewage water. Reportedly, the Delhi Jal Board Chief was sent to Singapore to study the system.
Improved drinking water is a gripping problem of New Delhi; a city that houses 16 million people.