The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday took the lead in bringing on one platform all the water utilities from across the country to share each other’s experiences and best practices about water management and related issues.
Gaurav Gupta, chairman of Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board said, “We will need to look at the conjunctive use of ground water, surface water and recycling of sewage. We are using and selling tertiary-treated water to the airport there. Industries too will soon be supplied treated water.”
Shyam Wardhane, municipal commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, added, “Our pilots have shown that there is reduction in water consumption after people started getting water for 24 hours.”
DJB CEO Debashree Mukherjee said, “Water audit is needed not just for utilities but also for consumers.”
The two-day conference —inaugurated by Sheila Dikshit, chief minister and chairman, DJB — was organised to create a platform for knowledge sharing among the water utilities. The conference emphasised on a case study approach for policy, financing, treatment technologies, waste water reuse, and non-revenue water reduction.
PK Tripathi, former Delhi chief secretary seconded Gupta’s suggestion of forming a common forum for all water utilities across the country to discuss, debate and ideate on water management and technology related issues. “We can pass a resolution during this summit. I will take it up with the urban development ministry,” he said.
Dikshit released a handbook on ‘Rehabilitation of Truck Sewers and Challenges’ written by RS Tyagi, DJB’s chief engineer, during the programme.