Delhi: Output dips at 2 key plants, water supply may be hit

Delhi: 4 May, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Water supply in the national capital is likely to be affected in the coming few days with production levels going down at two of Delhi Jal Board's biggest water treatment plants.
On Tuesday, the water supply reached critically low levels at the Wazirabad treatment plant. This prompted DJB to write a letter to Haryana's irrigation department seeking additional release of water from the neighbouring state.

According to the SOS sent by DJB, the water level at the Wazirabad pond dropped to a critically low level of 672.6 feet on Tuesday as against the normal of 674.5 feet. "It is requested to supply 150 cusec raw water additionally through DD-8 /river route, so as to ensure that 120 cusec raw water reaches Wazirabad pond in this time of crisis," the letter stated.

The output at the Haiderpur plant also dipped, triggering fears of water supply disruption in areas of North Delhi, West Delhi and parts of South Delhi. "Due to excessive floating material resulting in choking of filter beds, the treatment process has slowed down at the Haiderpur plant," said DJB in a statement.

The city faces a shortfall of over 200 million gallons of water daily, according to a report recently published by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi.

"We are having many problems, as the water supply is affected in both morning and evening. Everyday, three tankers are called to meet the water demands of the residents of the colony," said Mausumi Bhattacharya, member of Vasant Kunj residents' welfare association.