To save water, Haryana would soon come out with a policy for reusing the treated water especially for the bulk consumers in the state like thermal plants, industries, agriculture, horticulture etc.
Disclosing this at a Press conference on Wednesday, minister of state for Public Health Engineering, Dr Banwari Lal said 1,200 to 1,300 million litres per day (MLD) of water was being treated in the state Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs).
Out of this, only 30 to 50 MLD water is reused, and the remaining goes into the drain. The policy would aim at utilising this water, instead of allowing it to flow waste into the drain.
At present, there are 115 STPs in operation, and work is apace on 20 more while three STPs are being planned. In 71 cities of Haryana, over 135 litre per capita per day (lpcd) water is being supplied, whereas, in 11 cities it is 110 to 135 lpcd, and in 4 cities it is 70 to 110 lpcd of water.
Lal said out of the 7,517 habitations in the state, 6,043 were being supplied 100 per cent water; in 1,135 it is 75 to 100 per cent, in 199 it is 50 to 75 per cent, and in 34 from 25 to 50 per cent. The quality of water is affected in 104 habitations.
Many development works have been done in the state during the last three-and-a-half years, including setting up of 159 canal-based waterworks, 2,002 tube wells, 434 boosting stations and laying of 7,738- kilometer pipeline.
As many as 53 STPs have been established in cities and work is in progress on 20 others. In addition, 22 RO plants and 10 community water purification plants have also been set up.
A total of 89,182 complaints related to the department were received on CM Window, out of which 87,423 have been resolved, and the remaining 1,759 complaints are being addressed.
The PHE Department has its own Grievances Redressal Centre known as Shikayat Nirvana Kendra (SNK) whose toll free number is 1800-180-5678; it works 24 hours.
The minister said under the Mahagram Yojana, villages having a population of more than 10,000, the government has raised the drinking water level to 135 lpcd and provided sewerage system. In the first phase, work has been started in as many as nine villages which would be completed by March 31, 2019. Recently, 11 additional villages have been identified under the Mahagram Yojana where work is in progress.