Free treated sewage water offer gets a poor response

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

VG Kulkarni, Chief Superintendent of Sewage and Water Supply Department, said, “We appeal to people to use treated sewage water for different activities in the city and avoid using drinking water. However, only the Garden Department is regularly using this water for gardening purpose.”

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) treats 400 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage water. Its sewage treatment department has appealed to people to take water for construction, road and garden purpose for free. However, the department has only one taker.

In the backdrop of water scarcity in the city, the PMC has appealed to its various departments and private builders to avoid drinking water for the purpose of building and road construction, gardening, vehicle washing, etc. 

It has also given an option to use treated sewage water from the Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) for free.  

However, it was revealed that only the Garden Department is using the treated sewage water for gardening purpose. No other department has shown interest in using this water. 

In all, 744 MLD of sewage is generated within the PMC limits. Of this around 450 MLD sewage is treated at the nine STPs and discharged into the 

Mula-Mutha river. Pune has a 92 per cent sewerage network of 2,200 km.  

PMC needs water for the road and building construction purposes while the Garden Department requires water for gardening.

While speaking to Sakal times, VG Kulkarni, Chief Superintendent of Sewage and Water Supply Department, said, “We appeal to people to use treated sewage water for different activities in the city and avoid using drinking water. However, only the Garden Department is regularly using this water for gardening purpose.”

Aslam Shaikh, In-charge of the Sewage Treatment Plant, said, “An NGO took objection for using treated sewage water for the construction purpose. We checked the sample in laboratory and report cleared that sewage treated water has no harm if used for construction activities. Despite that, no one has come forward to take water from our plants.”

“Due to lack of awareness, developers, road contractors are not using sewage treated water. At present, the Garden Department is using treated water for plantation and gardening,’’ he added. 

Shivaji Lanke, Executive Engineer of Construction (Bhavan) Department of Corporation, said, “Due to transportation cost, contractors don’t use treated water for construction activities. Contractors get water at a cheaper rate in their nearby construction activities.”

A Pawaskar, Additional Chief Engineer of the Road Department of Corporation, said, “On the line of water scarcity, we have given instructions to all road contractors to use bore or sewage treated water for construction.”

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