NMMC to provide water from 54 borewells for public toilets
CBD BELAPUR: Even as the city is facing a water shortage, several public toilets in the city are being supplied with clean drinking water from Morbe dam.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has now decided to supply water to these toilets from borewells to save the drinking water.
A total of 54 borewells are expected to be dug up in the next two weeks.
There are 30 public toilets in the city that use drinking water. Taking the geographical conditions into consideration, it doesn’t take much digging to get borewell water.
Taking up the work of 54 borewells initially, NMMC has plans to supply borewell water to all the public toilets in the city in phases.
At present, the NMMC has initiated work on 30 borewells in Airoli, Digha, Rabale and Ghansoli to supply water to the slum areas. The civic water department has said that water has been found at around 100 feet in these areas.
For supplying borewell water to public toilets, the civic body will also have to construct water tank, besides borewell, install a motor pump and provide electricity connection.
The use of borewell water is expected to save at least 5,000 litres a day of drinking water in every public toilet.
Owing to l ow rainfall in Morbe dam area last year, special measures are being taken to conserve water.
There is also a fear that if the monsoon is delayed, the water level in the dam could fall to its lowest.
According to NMMC executive engineer, Arvind Shinde, “The NMMC is going all out to ensure that maximum amount of water is saved. We will use borewell water for public toilets. It will ensure that drinking water is permanently saved in such cases.”
Shinde added, “We appeal to the residents to conserve water and help the civic body deal with water shortage during the months before rain.”