New Delhi, July 10: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is all set to implement the Singaporean model for water treatment, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday. While parts of the city already facing a water crisis, the chief minister assured that steps are taken to improve the water availability by 15-20 per cent in two years. Also Read - Delhi Cinema Halls to Re-open Today, Kejriwal Hopes Them to Strictly Follow SOPs
The DJB is rolling out several projects to increase water availability by 15-20 per cent in two years, and 50 per cent in the next five years. Hopefully, thereafter there will be no water shortage, Kejriwal said after inspecting the Coronation Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Burari here. Also Read - Burari Assembly Election Results 2020: In Landslide Victory, AAP's Sanjeev Jha Bags Infamous Seat Against Janata Dal
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Water will be treated at Burari and sent to Palla and released into the Yamuna canal. The water will then travel up to Wazirabad and get naturally purified in the process.
The water will be collected at Wazirabad and treated further at the Wazirabad treatment plant. Thereafter, the potable water will be supplied to households, Kejriwal said.
A similar method is used in Singapore, the Chief Minister said.
By June 2020, 150 million gallons of water will be daily sent to Wazirabad via Palla for treatment and supply. Even if 30 MGD percolates into the ground during the process, 120 MGD potable water would still be available for supply, he said.
As for water received from other states, he said: We are in touch with Uttar Pradesh. The water comes from there through a ‘kutcha’ canal. We will try to make the canal a concrete. This will help save about 150 MGD water, the Chief Minister added.
A new water treatment plant is proposed to be built at Dwarka by February 2020.
The Chief Minister said a consultant had been hired to chalk out a plan to conserve water in the Yamuna during monsoon and also to suggest best methods for rainwater harvesting.
The DJB also plans to rejuvenate 200 water bodies in Delhi.
(With IANS inputs)