NMMC to pro­vide water from 54 borewells for pub­lic toi­lets

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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