Mumbai: ‘City waste water will have to be recycled for industrial use’ | Mumbai News

Thane: Metropolitan cities including those in Thane district that are currently facing water shortage, will henceforth have to recycle water for industrial users in order to tackle the looming water crisis in urbanised pockets, state water resources minister Jayant Patil said at a press meet.
Patil made the statement following a review of the potable water supply situation in Thane district, Monday afternoon. He announced setting up of a task force led by the Thane collector to help formulate ways to solve the rising water crisis. Several metropolitan cities in the region including Mira-Bhayender, Kalyan-Dombivli and Thane city have been facing acute water shortage by the end of monsoon itself.
“Growing urbanisation in the MMR including Thane has led to a spike in water requirement and existing water resources are soon likely to fall inadequate. The need of the hour is to segregate domestic and industrial use and treat and recycle waste water generated from domestic areas for industrial purposes. We cannot afford to utilise costly treated water for commercial use in times of crisis,” said Patil.
Thane district consumes around 2,500 million litres of water daily (mld), which is sourced from three main reservoirs Andra, Bhatsa and Barvi. A specific quantity is allocated to each of the various agencies including the STEM, MIDC, MJP among others that further distributes a pre-fixed supply to the local government bodies. However, rising population in cities like Thane has led to a spike in demand, straining the existing supply.
Meanwhile, when questioned about the crucial construction of reservoirs in the district, Patil said he has asked the department to look into fast tracking the Kalu and Shai reservoirs while he assuring the Thane corporation of the promised 100mld water supply from Barvi dam soon.

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