In India’s current drought-stricken predicament, stories of both civilians and governmental bodies doing their bits in both preserving and recycling water in innovative ways are becoming an important source of hope in the time of parched land and bodies. In rural India, we have people like Bapurao Tajne who dug a well in just 40 days, catalyzed by a caste incident to ensure that his family would never go thirsty again and in urban India, conscientious restaurants like Gloria in Byculla are saving upto 45000 litres of water a month by reusing and recycling waste water. Now, Jamshedpur is soon to join the urban brigade of water heroes by becoming India’s first zero sewerage discharge city.
The industrial city ranked 4th on account of India’s per capita water consumption, making this move all the more praiseworthy, and the plans to achieve this milestone are well in progress as per Rabindra Kumar Singh’s estimations. The Deputy General Manager (Water Management) of Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Steel spoke to the Press Trust of India just before World Water Day to announce that “JUSCO had been making efforts to minimise water leakage and reuse the sewerage water after being recycled at its two treatment plants located at Bistupur and Bara.”
The system is hoping to totally eliminate waste water discharge into neighboring waterways. The ZLD system systematically removes all dissolved solids and other waste in the water, only to bring it back to the original process, essentially recycling it.
According to Mr. Singh, their waste water treatment plan that is currently in use already has the capacity to distill 10 million litres of recycled water per day, while the new Bara treatment plant can treat up to 30 million litres of sewerage water per day.
As such, if everything goes according to plan, JUSCO will then reuse the 40 million litres of recycled water they produce per day for industrial purposes. Let’s hope more cities and corporates follow their suit.
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