DJB of­fers sops to en­cour­age re­cy­cling of treated water

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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