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Thursday, 22 March 2012

‘Treat sewage for reuse in city’

New Delhi, Mar 21, 2012, DHNS :

Experts on Wednesday discussed the issues related to water in the city and solutions to fix them at a workshop organsied by Delhi Jal Board on the formulation of a comprehensive 'Water policy for Delhi'.

They agreed upon the need for adopting water efficiency rated devices in order to reduce demand of water.

The panel of experts brought out relevant urban related water features of the Draft National Water Policy, 2012 and the need for Delhi to adjust to the climate change which is impacting its resources.

“The sewage stream could actually be treated as a resource and should be treated for reuse. A shift from supply oriented planning towards demand oriented management is also a solution to the existing water problem,” an expert said.

They also felt that the population of Delhi could stabilise by 2051 and thus the per capita water norms could decline.

 It was also discussed that recycled water should be of potable quality to enable large scale reuse.

“We require broader participation from institutional stakeholders and citizen representatives in order to firm up a robust policy with greater acceptability,” said an expert.

The workshop was inaugurated by L K Gupta, chairman, NGO Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

Several eminent water experts such as A K Gosain, professor from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, other members from Delhi Jal Board and civil society were on the panel.

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