Neighbourhood News Desk: National capital may soon get its own version of Singapore’s NEW water, essentially sewage treated to make it potable and if all goes well, it could soon increase its existing water supply by a fifth. Last week, government’s think-tank NITI Aayog had released a report warning that 21 cities including Delhi will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people.
Currently, Delhi produces around 916 MGD (million gallons per day) of water, roughly 3.5 billion litres, out of which only around 80 MGD comes from groundwater. Rest, which comes from the Yamuna and the Ganga, is treated and supplied to consumers. Proposal came up in a meeting held by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with senior DJB officials. Kejriwal doubles up as the DJB’s chairman.
At present, water from sewage treatment plants are just used to water parks and gardens. Delhi is also hoping to improve water supply in the city by getting more from Uttar Pradesh. DJB officials hope that this extra water from Uttar Pradesh will help reduce the capital’s dependency on Haryana with which it has been engaged in a legal tussle over water sharing.