60 lakh litres of water wasted in Panvel daily
If proper awareness is created, commercial and residential users can source sewage treatment plant water through tankers, said activists
PANVEL: Even as the city is reeling under a severe water crisis, around 60 lakh litres of water treated at Panvel’s sewage treatment plant (STP) is being released into the creek every day.
The Taloja industrial area gets water supply after a twoday gap. Panvel and Kamothe have been getting water on alternate days. Not just the industrialists, but the residents too are facing a lot of problems due to the situation. There is a huge hue and cry by the residents who are not getting enough water even for their basic needs.
The underground sewage drains work has been completed and connections are being joined in houses and housing societies.
As the work progresses, the volume of sewage water arriving at the STP is increasing. Since January, the STP has been receiving around 6 mld water, which is then treated. Of this just 60,000 litres of treated water is used for various purposes. Around 5 to 6 tankers are sources by developers and residential housing societies.
The Panvel Municipal Council has given an annual contract of Rs72 lakh for running of the STP. There are seven employees deployed here, PMC also spends around Rs3 lakh for monthly electricity bill. The revenue, however, is negligible from the STP.
Atul Jaitpal, a social worker, said: “There is no coordination between the water department and the town planning department of PMC. The water department is not taken into confidence when permission is given for new constructions. Several developers brazenly use drinking water for construction purpose.“
Vishal Sawant, a political worker, said: “Since September, when the STP started working, had its water been used instead of drinking water, a lot of precious resource could be saved and PMC too would have reduced its financial burden.”
Following an uproar by the opposition members, a water conference was called and PMC appealed to all to save water.
Sawant said, “PMC has gone about digging a well only after
feeling thirsty. Had timely action been taken in the winter, the STP water could have been used better. There needs to be more awareness on the issue.”
He added, “PMC may not be able to supply the treated water at present as it does not have the infrastructure. However, if proper awareness is created,
the commercial and residential users can source the treated water through tankers.”
PMC engineer RR Raide said, “The STP water can be used at service centres, gardens, washing of vehicles, toilets, which will help save water by 60%.”
He added, “We are spreading the message in the city and are
hopeful that the use of the STP water will increase in the coming days.”
He said, “Rs600 is charged per tanker for commercial purpose and Rs 100 per tanker for use by residents. It can be used for gardens in the housing societies, for washing vehicles, toilet and so on.”
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