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Govt looking at water conservation, recycling to meet needs: Kejriwal | The Indian Express

Related. Maintaining that Delhi cannot depend on neighbouring states Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for its potable and non-potable water requirements, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said his government was thinking of sustainable measures to meet the capital’s water needs in the long run, including water recycling. “When it rains, there is flooding all over the city. We need to look at water conservation in a big way. I am already talking to the DJB CEO, water experts and NGOs on how to utilise this excess water, groundwater recharge and storage for future consumption,” he said. In a series of steps for augmenting supply of water and promoting water conservation, the Delhi Jal Board has said it was “committed to addressing the institutional and legal issues pertaining to the use of recycled water”. A DJB official said the water utility was preparing a “re-use guidance document”, which was expected “to form the blueprint for the way forward”. “At a recent DJB meeting, it was observed that recycling and reusing water would help in balancing the demand and supply of potable water in Delhi. With a view to engage the public in these efforts, it has been decided to promote recycling of non-potable and potable water,” the official said. The DJB, which made huge investments in sewerage infrastructure and in efforts to “centralise” sewage treatment during the previous Congress government, said it planned to “encourage the setting up of decentralised Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) to reduce the cost of transportation of sewage up to the STP and the creation of minimum infrastructure for supplying recycled water locally”. The DJB has commissioned the much awaited 23 MLD (million litres per day) STP at Kapashera with improved treatment standards for the hospitality sector around the international airport and neighbouring villages. A 10 MLD tertiary treatment plant at the Okhla STP has also been commissioned, with plans to provide treated effluent for washing of buses and construction purposes. “The DJB has decided to sell the treated effluent at Rs 7 per kilolitre for non-potable requirements,” the official said.
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