Delhi Jal Board aims to launch ambitious schemes to fulfill the objective of water availability and water security. “As per the study by the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), ground water level in Delhi is depleting at an astonishing rate of 10 cm per year,” DJB said, adding that our population will be 25.88 million by 2025 and our water requirements will be 1140 MGD (considering 44 MGD per person per day).
Taking note of the serious situation, Confederation of Indian Industry, Delhi, organised a discussion on the issue.
Vice Chairman of DJB, Raghav Chadha, was called as a chief guest to shed some light on the ‘Augmentation of Water Supply, Safety and Security’. He gave valuable suggestions and chalked out the gist of a future action plan.
Speaking to the participants, he said, “The situation is grave at present. NITI Aayog declared last year that 21 cities in India may face severe water scarcity by 2020 including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Despite investing heavily on rain water harvesting in the last two decades, water also ran out in the city of Chennai last year after a deficient northeast monsoon in 2018.”
Chadha also said, “DJB strives to provide safe, adequate drinking water supply to people living in Delhi and collect and treat generated sewage to the permissible standards before disposal or reuse.”
“DJB follows a multi-dimensional approach in terms of perspective planning and project implementation with respect to the water and sewerage sector,” Chadha said, adding that out of the nine treatment plants in Delhi, seven water treatment plants thrive on river water through Haryana, while two plants in east of Delhi get river Ganga water from Murad Nagar in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Currently, Potable water at its optimum production is about 935 MGD out of which 90 MGD is part of groundwater resources.