If you want to pay lesser water bills in the future, make sure your municipal corporation recycles sewage water for non-potable use.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is already on the ball. In a year, Mumbai will have two recycling plants that will help recycle 250 million litres of water every day. The Ghatkopar plant will have a recycling capacity of 150 MLD and the Bhandup complex will have a capacity of 100 MLD.
“If this works well and we have demand for recycled water, we might think of setting up a separate pipeline to supply this water to the end user,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar, who is heading the project.
The Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority has said that if municipal bodies treat sewage water to make it usable for irrigation or gardening, the rate will be slashed by 75 per cent of the applicable water tariff. If the water in the limits of a municipal corporation limits is found polluted because it is untreated, it will be penalised. The state water resources department will fix this penalty when it fixes the tariff later this month.
Mumbai produces 2,600 million litres of sewage a day but none of it is recycled. Half of this is treated while the rest is simply let out into the sea.
Cities with a huge population use almost double the amount of water consumed in rural areas. An average Mumbaiite uses at least 90 litres a day as opposed to the average of 45 litres per person per day in rural areas.
“Considering the impending water crisis in the state it is only fair that sewage water is treated and used for non potable purposes,” said Ajit Nimbalkar, ex-chief secretary and chairman of the water resources regulatory authority.
In July, the state will fix new bulk tariff rates for agricultural, domestic and industrial users.