In a statement issued by Delhi Jal Board, Vice Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, “We will reuse water. Water from a sewage treatment plant will be released into the Yamuna, right where the river enters the city. Downstream, we will lift the river water and send it to a water treatment plant for further treatment. This treated water will be supplied to Delhiites.”
As temperature soars above 40°C, the national capital is dealing with yet another adversity. That Delhi might run out of groundwater in a few years is not a new development.
Currently, out of 916 million gallons of water is produced by Delhi per day, out of which 80 million gallons is groundwater. The rest comes from the two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna. The plan is to increase the production capacity by 200 MGD (Million Gallons Per Day) by 2020.
According to experts, although the plan to treat waste at a sewage treatment plant is welcomed, releasing the sewage into the Yamuna will exacerbate the matters, polluting already over-polluted river.
The proposal was made in a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DJB officials. Currently, only parks and gardens are being watered using the water from sewage treatment plants. Water shortage is a major concern for the people of Delhi- one of the most populated cities of India.
With Haryana government restricting the water supply to Delhi, many areas of the capital have been facing an extreme shortage. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has assured the people that the supply will be restored very soon.AAP Government is also in talks with Uttar Pradesh to acquire more water in order to increase the supply which would hopefully decrease the dependency on Haryana.