DJB offers sops to encourage recycling of treated water
New Delhi: Delhi Jal Board, in a meeting chaired by water minister Satyendar Jain on Friday, has decided to waive off the charges on using treated water from sewage treatment plants (STPs) — a move which is likely to encourage reuse and recycling of treated waste water.
A senior DJB official said that charges of Rs 7 per kilo litre were being levied by DJB on government agencies for purchasing treated water from STPs. “At present, DJB is producing 500 million gallons per day ( MGD) of treated water from STPs. Of which only 90 MGD is reused for various purposes. To promote utilisation of this treated water and conserve precious potable and ground water, DJB decided to waive off the charges on treated water. This initiative will boost reuse of treated water, ground water recharge, rejuvenation of ponds, water bodies, lakes, substitution of tubewell water in horticulture and irrigation,” the official added.
The jal board has also decided to extend the scheme of providing free household sewer connections in areas where sewer lines are being laid by DJB. “Delhi Government will bear the cost of connection in the colonies where work is on-going,” he added.