Singapore to help Delhi draw potable water from sewage
Usage of treated sewage water for drinking purpose is set to become a reality in the city. Delhi Jal Board and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise are to sign an agreement on Wednesday for treatment and recycling of waste water at the Coronation Pillar sewage treatment plant to potable levels.
Singapore will not only assist with the technology that is already in use in the small island state but Singapore-based Temasek Foundation will also be funding 70% of the total project cost.
According to DJB officials, a water reclamation plant of 40 million gallons per day capacity will be set up at the Coronation Pillar plant. The project will operate on a public-private partnership with Temasek providing 4, 63,149 Singapore dollar. “The Singapore government will help DJB prepare an initial feasibility report, a detailed project report and fine tune other issues. The tender for the project will be issued not before the beginning of 2014 but we are hoping that it will be completed in the next four years,” said an official.
The project will benefit 3 to 4 million people. “For Delhi, which is dependent on neighbouring states for most of its supply, this is just one method of becoming self-reliant,” said an official. “There might be some hesitation in using the water but we need a change of mindset,” said sources.