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Civic Body To Make Buying Of Treated Sewer Water Mandatory  
Source:   Express India City   : Chennai Published On   27-10-2009  


Five star hotels in Colaba and Churchgate may soon have to buy water that is recycled at sewage water treatment plants set up by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

In a bid to avoid wastage of drinking water, the civic administration is planning to make it compulsory for large establishments including hotels and commercial complexes to purchase the recycled sewage water so that they can use it for non-potable purposes.

The rule will be applicable to all bulk consumers like malls, auditoriums, housing societies etc, according to BMC officials. Initially, thecivic body is contemplating to make it mandatory for local establishments around Colaba to purchase treated sewer water for non-potable uses like gardening, flushing etc. Colaba is one of the seven areas where the civic body is going to set up sewage treatment plants under its Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project. The plant at Colaba will treat 40 million litres of water per day.

“There are a number of large consumers in Colaba including army and navy quarters. These establishments will have to buy the treated sewer water,” said a senior civic official.

As the city is reeling under acute water crisis, the civic administration has planned to use recycled sewer water that was otherwise being released into sea. The BMC has also proposed to set up sewage treatment plants at Gorai and Deonar dumpyards. According to the civic body, it would use the recycled water for creating greenery in the area after their closure. The city generates 2,600 mld of sewage of which only 1,600 mld would be treated primarily.

As per the civic official, it will take around a year and a half to complete the construction of water treatment plants. “New pipelines will be laid to supply treated sewer water,” the official said.

Treatment of sewer water makes it 95 per cent pure. The BMC will incur around Rs 10 for treating 1000 litres of sewer water per day. The current rate is only Rs 3.5 per kilolitre.

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