A city-based non-government organisation (NGO) has taken the initiative and started using treated sewage water for watering plants so that potable drinking water can be saved.
Uthaan volunteers are watering some 15,000 saplings spread across five-km area from Rajiv Chowk to Sohna Road upto Golf Course Extension Road with treated sewage water.
Sanjay Kaushik, president of the organisation said, “Due to the depleting water table, we requested the municipal corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) if the water could be used for horticulture instead of being dumped at the Huda Behrampur sewage treatment plant.” He further said, “At present, potable water is being used extensively for this purpose. Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and MCG accepted it and we decided to take the initiative.”
According to highly-placed officials in the groundwater cell, posh areas and industrial parts of the city are at risk, as high rise buildings could collapse as the groundwater is depleting at an alarming rate.
This declining water level creates soil pores, which could result in cave-ins and collapse of buildings.
The water level of Udyog Vihar, DLF Phase III, Cyber City and Huda Sector 18 is depleting at a fast rate.
In the last 15 years, it has come down by 70 metres.