Delhi to replicate Singapore water model

waterNEW DELHI: The AAP government in the city is planning to replicate an ambitious project based on the Singapore’s water re-use model to help residents re-utilise recycled water for effective management of water.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his government had already sent a team, led by Delhi Jal Board chief, to Singapore to study its water supply model. Interacting with reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan after the Padma awards ceremony, Kejriwal said the pilot project would be implemented within a month and the cost of the project is being worked out.

“Singapore does not have any water of its own. Almost 95 percent of water comes from outside,” he said, adding that the tiny nation has developed a system where used water is filtered and re-used and in such a way that water used in toilets goes to toilets after it is filtered and similarly, waste water from kitchen goes to kitchen again.

Noting that the project would make the national capital a city free of water problems, Kejriwal said fine points of the Singapore project, including funding, will be discussed by the government.

“We have been studying how it is done. If this project is successful, we will start it in 15-20 more locations in Delhi within a month or so.”

He said the project will recycle water in such a way that water from toilet goes back to toilet while the kitchen water is sent back to kitchen after being recycled to ensure mineral water-like quality.

Stating that the water quality, after it is filtered, is as good as of mineral water, the chief minister said that if it could work in Delhi, there would be no water shortage in the city.

“I believe the project would work for Delhi.”

The AAP chief said the treatment plants would be set in the clusters of 100-200 houses and would have lesser cost than the development charges incurred on sewage system by residents.

“The effort is to make the national capital self-sustainable in water supply.” About other issues faced by the capital city, Kejriwal said property tax is also an issue which is being looked into.– From Asian Age

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