Officials renew efforts to sell treated water
CBD BELAPUR: Despite previous plans, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has failed to start supplying treated water from its state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants. As a result, 190 million litres of water daily (MLD) is released into the creek, unused.
Owing to poor rains, the civic body has now renewed its efforts and is drawing up a new plan to market the treated water.
Thanks to Morbe dam, the satellite city has not yet faced a water shortage. However, with water stock in the dam adequate for only seven months, the civic authorities are gearing up with contingency plans to tackle the situation in the upcoming sum- mer season.
“With the prevailing situation and taking into account the needs of the future, it has become important that all such resources are made maximum use of and hence, the administration has swung into action,” said an NMMC official.
NMMC has spent around Rs500 crore to set up the modern sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the city. Around 200 MLD of water is treat- ed every day at these plants. This water can be used for gardens, constructions and other works where at present the Morbe dam water is used. Besides, NMMC had also estimated revenue of Rs150 crore from the sale of this treated water.
However, in the past five years, no one has come forward to purchase the water. Sources said that the civic body itself has been lethargic in marketing the treated water. This has led to the treated water being released into the creek.
“Only 10 mld of treated water is used for watering the plants in the road dividers, for cleaning vehicles and by a housing society for its garden and cleaning purpose. NMMC now plans to make similar use of the remaining 190 mld of water. It has decided to resort to aggressive marketing to sell the water,” the official said.
Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare confirmed the plans to market the treated water. “We are planning to supply the STP water in the coming days to industries, cold storages and other such establishments. Plans are being made accordingly,” said Waghmare.