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DJB working to ensure potable tap water: CM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board is "working hard" to ensure that tap water is potable in the city and reverse osmosis purifiers are not needed to filter it, Chief Minister Arvnd Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

The chief minister, who is also the Chairman of the DJB, said the Board was now working to ensure that the people of Delhi get 24-hour water supply.

"The Delhi Jal Board is working hard to ensure that the water that u get in ur taps is potable and u shud not need an RO to purify it, as it is in developed countries. I am glad our efforts are paying off. Now, we are also working hard to ensure that u get 24 hr supply in ur taps (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.

The Kejriwal government was also aiming to make Delhi self sufficient in water.

"Today after just four and half years, the number of colonies with piped water supply has gone from 58% to 88%. It took 70 years to get to 58% and just 4.5 years to add 30% more colonies. There is still work to be done. There are about 200 colonies that still need to be covered. Apart from those colonies where laying pipelines is not feasible, all other colonies will get piped water in the next 2 years and pipelines are being laid for this purpose," said the Chief Minister.

At present, Delhi gets its water from the Ganga canal, the western Yamuna canal, the Bhakra canal and the Yamuna river. Besides, the DJB draws 80 million gallons of groundwater per day.

The chief minister also said his government would provide round-the-clock clean drinking water supply to the entire city by 2024.

"It's our mission. In the last four and a half years we have made a lot of progress. By 2024, the government would provide clean drinking water to every house through taps," said Kejriwal.

The 105-MGD water treatment plant (WTP) at Chandrawal comes after a gap of 13 years. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 598 crores in 3 years.

"At present, we are supplying 930 million gallons of water per day (MGD) against the demand of 1,200 MGD," Kejriwal said.

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