New facility to come up at Nesapakkam treatment plant

Tanker filling water from Double Tank, K K Nagar.

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has been supplying 550 million litres of water per day to Chennai since 1 January 2019.

With the monsoon failing and lakes drying up, residents are worried about how they are going to face in the coming days.

Metro water has now come up with various measures to supply the same 550 million litres of water per day from June to November.

According to an official press release, water will be brought from Veeranam lake, apart from wells situated at Neyveli, Poondi and Thamaraipakkam.

Also, water will be drawn from quarries in Sikkarayapuram and Erumaiyur to augment the city’s water supply. Apart from it, water will be drawn from Retteri, Perumbakkam and Ayanambakkam lakes.

A 10 mld-capacity tertiary treatment facility will come up at the existing Nesapakkam plant.

Metrowater will also increase the number of tankers from 750 to 900 to supply water to residential areas in the city. Also, 1,190 water tanks will be constructed to cater to the needs of residents, it said.

Metrowater has also taken steps to use tertiary treated waste water for the city’s water supply.

Construction work is on for 10 mld-capacity tertiary treatment plants at Nesapakkam and Perungudi at a cost of Rs 42.78 crore and Rs 41 crore. The recycled water will be sent to commercial establishments and industries for use, the release said.

Wells dry up
According to the April 2019 statistics provided by Rain Centre, Chennai, water levels in wells, including Ashok Nagar, Nesapakkam, Vadapalani, Choolaimedu and Anna Nagar have completely run dry.
It is to be noted that these areas had at least 4 metres of water according to the April 2017 survey by the same organisation.
Rain Centre also revealed that only 40 to 50 per cent (approximately) of the city’s households have rainwater harvesting.

 

NT Bureau