The Chairman of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Satyendar Jain on Thursday inspected Wastewater Treatment Plants at various locations in National Capital and emphasized lifting of extra water from drains to ensure 100 per cent capacity utlization of the existing 'Sewage Treatment Plant' (STP).
Jain visited Rohini (15 MGD), Rithala (60 MGD), Coronation Pillar (30 MGD) alongwith Timarpur Oxidation Pond and Bhalaswa Lake site and directed officials to fix all defunct equipments and biogas plants on immediate basis and to utilize 80 acres of vacant land at Rohini STP, 60 acres of Forest at Rithala and 250 acres of forest near coronation pillar STP for improving groundwater table through the application of treated effluent
The minister also said that untreated wastewater near STPs should be tapped and treated in STPs to ensure 100 per cent utilisation of the available infrastructure and no untreated municipal sewage to reach stormwater drain.
Jain said "Due to burgeoning of population in our city more and more water will be required. While it is essential to use water wisely, it is also necessary to take steps to reduce the load on the available resource and create ways for its substitution in activities where possible,"
"The government is committed to Clean Yamuna and improve depleting ground water levels of Delhi. On the same lines DJB started using the treated water for activities other than drinking like horticulture purposes or giving it various other agencies who can use this water to wash busses, trains, etc," he said.
Jain further said, "In the recent past the utilisation of this treated water is not being done to the fullest of its capacity. There are 20 no. of Wastewater Treatment Plants and currently around 500 MGD wastewater is being treated out of which 90-95 MGD wastewater is being used.
As DJB aims to utilize major quantum of the treated effluent for non-potable purposes, he also instructed the officials to now use 100 MGD treated water coming from these STPs.