The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Saturday decided to foot the bill for de-silting of a drain in Haryana that brings water to two of Delhi’s water treatment plants because without immediate de-silting the water coming to the Capital is high on chloride, a pollutant.
Haryana has expressed its inability to de-silt the drain as of now. Residents have complained because of the high chloride content, water supplied to North and Central Delhi areas had been tasting salty and emitting a strange smell since Friday.
As DJB officials found the water in a drain in Sonepat — Drain number 8 — got mixed with water from another drain — number 6 — that had high chloride content, Haryana sent a letter to Delhi saying it was unable to pay for the de-silting work. “So, we agreed to pay for the job because we need the problem to be solved at the earliest,” said R.K. Garg, Member, Water Works, DJB.
On Friday DJB officials tested the water to find that water going into Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants, which supply to North, Central and West Delhi areas, had high chloride content.
“Chloride does not have any medical effect on the users, but the taste is objectionable,” he added. By Saturday, while officials said the effect of chloride had reduced due to dilution at the treatment plant, residents said the taste was still a problem.
“The water is sort of salty in taste, so we cannot use it for drinking even after filtering,” said Neeta Kaur, a resident of Ashok Vihar. Mixing of contaminated water between the two parallel drains is not new. The DJB had taking up this matter with Haryana in the past as well but to no avail.
“We are continuously monitoring the water and so far we have not found anything that has any harmful effect on the body,” Garg added.