DJB mulls increasing use of recycled water to 40%
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) aims to increase the use of recycled water to 40 per cent from the present 25 per cent which will help meet the purposes of agriculture, horticulture and washing.
The DJB produces around 2100 million <g data-gr-id="29">litre</g> of recycled water across its 30 Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs).
“The DJB is actively encouraging <g data-gr-id="28">use</g> of recycled water in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply of potable water in the city. Water produced at WWTPs is of good quality and is being promoted for non-potable purposes,” DJB said in a statement.
The board said bulk consumers like Delhi Development Authority (DDA), municipal corporations, DTC depots, power plants and industrial areas have been identified for <g data-gr-id="31">supply</g> of additional recycled water.
At present, 25 per cent of treated water is being used for irrigation, horticulture and cooling in power plants by agencies such as Tata Power, Pragati Power Corporation Limited, Central Public Works Department, DDA etc.
The agencies are being supplied water at a subsidised rate of Rs 7 per <g data-gr-id="25">kilo litre</g>.
“A series of meetings were held with organisations which have the potential to use recycled water. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has directed all organisations to submit their action plans for using recycled water for horticultural purposes,” the board said.
DDA, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Pragati Power Corporation Limited have already submitted their requirements and DJB is working on plans to provide regularised water to them.
“To facilitate all consumers, DJB is planning a city-wide network for supply of recycled water from WWTPs. For the first time, a new plan scheme has been approved in the budget of state Government for 2015-16 to provide funds for such network,” it said.