The water woes of the Capital are set to aggravate on Sunday as operations at the water treatment plants at Wazirabad and Chandrawal were shut on Saturday because of increase in ammonia levels.
According to a senior Delhi Jal Board official, about 35-40 lakh people will be impacted by this fresh crisis, mostly in Central and Old Delhi. The Capital has been grappling with a water crisis for the past 10 days, ever since Jat protesters demanding quota in government jobs, damaged the Munak Canal in Haryana.
The crisis has returned as the ammonia level at the Wazirabad pond has risen. The DJB suspects that drain 8, which supplies water to the Wazirabad pond, is being contaminated by sewer water because of which the pollution level is rising.
The Wazirabad pond supplies water to the Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants, which have an output of 340 million gallons every day.
“No piped water will reach Inderlok, Shastri Nagar, Azad Market, Beriwala Bagh, Bara Hindu Rao, Tokriwalan, Pahari Dheeraj, Regarpura, New Rohtak Road, Manakpura, Bapa Nagar, Dev Nagar, Model Basti, Motia Khan, Jhandewalan Extention, Nai Walan, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Darya Ganj and adjoining areas. Even some hospitals like LNJP, MAMC, GB Pant and Guru Nanak hospitals will also be impacted,” he said.
Other areas, which didn’t get any water on Saturday and will also remain parched on Sunday are Minto Road, Civil Lines, Majnu ka Tilla, Ajmeri Gate, Sita Ram Bazar, Ballimaran, Kucha Pandit, Chawri Bazar, Nai Sarak, Mukund Pur, Burari, Adarsh Nagar, Jahangir Puri, Model Town, Kamla Nagar, Delhi University, Malkaganj, GTB Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Timar Pur, Wazirabad and Jagat Pur, among others.
Once the ammonia level exceeds 0.5ppm, the Delhi Jal Board shuts down the water treatment plants. As per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the safe level of ammonia is 0.5 mg per litre.