BENGALURU: To help redress the issue of water scarcity in North Bengaluru, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is now attempting ‘Catchment Area Rain-water Harvesting’ with the assistance of a Singapore firm, said BWSSB chairperson T M Vijay Bhaskar.
Delivering a talk at ‘Water Conference 2016’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Thursday, Bhaskar said, “Unlike roof-top RWH, catchment area rain-water harvesting looks at lakes and Storm Water Drains from where water can be harvested and put to use. The firm will identify areas that can be harvested.” This mode of RWH is quite popular in Singapore.
It is initially being tried out at Hebbal, Yelahanka and Madhavapura areas, he said. A top BWSSB official said the Singapore firm CH2M was selected through a bidding process. “The contract of Rs 5 crore with the firm is for six months. Two months of their survey have been completed and we can get a complete picture in four more months,” Bhaskar said. “Thousands of houses that do not have RWH will have to pay a penalty for it. For the first three months, they have to pay 25% of the water bill and will then have to pay 50% of the water bill for the next six months,” he said.
“Only around 13 MLD of the treated water is being used by Bengaluru International Airport Limited and a couple of golf courses and industries,” he said, calling upon industries, particularly the construction segment to purchase the underutilised tertiary treated water which was sold at Rs 15 to Rs 20 per kilo litre. “Rs 660 crore was being spent to replace old pipes in South Bengaluru,” he said.
Bengaluru Development Minister T J George said that Rs 10,000 crore would be spent within the next three years to provide potable water to rural areas.
“Bengaluru’s population had crossed 10 million and the water channels are already stressed,” he said.
Call up if you spot a leak
If you spot water leaking anywhere on the road, you can call up 22238888. “BWSSB staff will attend to it immediately and set it right,” said Chairman T M Vijay Bhaskar. This number will shortly be changed to an easy four-digit number, 1916, BWSSB chairperson T M Vijay Bhaskar said.