BMC to recycle water from wells, lakes

Will set up a purification plant in less then 20 days; provide Mumbaikars with potable water

After a meeting that was convened at the Mayor's bungalow on Sunday to discuss city's water issues, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to set up a water purification plant on a pilot basis. And to do so, the civic body has set a less than 20-day deadline, revealed a senior BMC official.

End of water woes? A boy filling water cans with sewage water. file pic

According to the official, "The company, Water Health India, would be given the responsibility of purifying the water from wells and lakes, and make it available for public use. Currently, the firm is supplying cans of purified drinking water to villagers and city dwellers in other parts of the country like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The corporation plans to reuse the non-potable water from wells, borewells and lakes that can be purified and used by citizens for their drinking purposes," informed the official.

Official word
Standing Committee Chairperson Rahul Shewale said, "Last year, there were several such proposals that were submitted, but nobody wanted to take the risk of selling purified water. Since this company has taken the responsibility, we would be providing them with a place to set up their infrastructure in Govandi. It would be based on a design-build-operate-transfer model, wherein they would have to carry out all the work for the next 10 years and then hand it over to the BMC."

Shewale added that Dr A Gadgil, a senior scientist from Lawrence Berkerly National Laboratory, US was also present for the meeting and suggested that rules must be implemented to minimise the water discharged during a toilet flush, like it has been done in Los Angeles.

Water purification
The company uses ultraviolet lights to purify water, a method that has been certified by the laboratory. At present, Water Health India provides potable water to over 4 million people all over the world.

Rs 4.5
Cost charged by the company per 20 litres

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