Clubs in the Capital are wasting 80% of the millions of litres of water they consume daily, and authorities are now thinking of shutting down many of them for this massive loss.
A Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) expert said the 52 clubs operating in Delhi together use 10 million litres of water daily (MLD). Of this, 8 MLD is wasted - enough for 96,000 people or 19,200 households.
The DPCC has sent out notices - including those of closure and disconnection of water and power supplies - to 25 of these clubs, many of which never obtained even the consent to operate.
The committee's chief, Sandeep Mishra, told HT: "We have given three months to these 25 clubs to set up sewage treatment plants. They must submit an action plan and ensure adherence to norms. We're going to take up the rest of the clubs very soon."
"We have ordered the closure of some very old clubs and restaurants operating on their premises," Mishra added.
"Big clubs are responding well, but the smaller ones got back only when their water and power supplies were cut."
The clubs are also generating as much sewage, much of which is untreated, as a locality the size of Delhi Cantonment would.
The DPCC expert said that demand for fresh water in the city will go down automatically once treated water is reused in toilets and for irrigation of the clubs' massive parks, lawns and playgrounds.