‘No funds to treat wa­ter and make it potable’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While NMMC is treat­ing around 200 mld wa­ter in their sewage treat­ment plants, the treated wa­ter is fit only for wash­ing and gar­den­ing pur­poses. It is far from potable as BOD (Bio­chem­i­cal Oxy­gen Level) and COD (Chem­i­cal Oxy­gen Level) is high in it.

For mak­ing wa­ter potable the BOD and COD level should be zero. Ac­cord­ing to NMMC of­fi­cials, in their treated wa­ter BOD level is five and COD level is slightly more than zero. So even af­ter in­stalling pipe­lines spend­ing crores of ru­pees the civic body will not be able to dis­trib­ute this wa­ter for drink­ing.

Navi Mum­bai mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said that they are un­able to make treated wa­ter potable due to lack of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies.

“First of all I would like say that our BOD level in the treated wa­ter is five while that is above 80 in other cor­po­ra­tions. Our COD is level is al­most zero as chem­i­cal wa­ter from in­dus­tries does not come to the STPs. We wa­ter treat­ing only sewage wa­ter and not in­dus­trial wa­ter,” he said.

“Treat­ing the sewage wa­ter to make it potable is pos­si­ble only through the lat­est tech­nolo­gies. But we don’t have that be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient fund. Sev­eral rounds of dis­cus­sions have been held about it, but noth­ing has been fi­nalised yet,” he said.

The NMMC charges only Rs1,500 for 30,000 litres of wa­ter and hence gen­er­at­ing rev­enue from it to pur­chase ad­vanced equip­ment is not pos­si­ble.

“The NMMC is spend­ing crores of ru­pees for other projects which have lit­tle re­la­tion with the day to day life of the com­mon peo­ple. But when it comes to spend­ing money to al­le­vi­ate wa­ter cri­sis they say that they are lack­ing fund. Sev­eral peo­ple hav­ing a tough time in the city as they are get­ting wa­ter only three to four hours a day. Civic of­fi­cial should try to un­der­stand that too,” said Lokesh Su­tar, 48, a res­i­dent of Nerul.

The NMMC used to sup­ply 421 MLD wa­ter in their ju­ris­dic­tion last year.

How­ever, with in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter in their Morbe dam this year they are sup­ply­ing just 300 MLD now.

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