The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will go ahead with desalination plants and will also make it mandatory for commercial users to buy treated water for non-potable purpose from their sewage treatment plants.
For this, it is scaling up the filtration levels at the city’s seven sewage treatment plants.
“Work on the Colaba outfall has begun and it will be mandatory for bulk commercial users to buy water from there in the next two months. Work on the other six plants will start soon,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar.
“When it is done, we will make it mandatory for all commercial users in South Mumbai, to buy treated water from the Colaba outfall,” he said.
Work on the other six sewage treatment plants in Versova, Worli, Malad, Ghatkopar, Bandra and Bhandup is
expected to be complete in three years.
On October 11, Hindustan Times had first reported that the Chembur golf course, the Deonar and Gorai dumping grounds, three botanical gardens and Mahalaxmi racecourse were willing to buy water treated at the sewage plants.
Meanwhile the BMC is in talks with a US-based firm to set up desalination plants with each with a 10-million litre capacity in areas having water shortage throughout the year.