Tata Steel president, TQM and steel business, Anand Sen inaugurates the pop-up irrigation and SDI infrastructure at Jubilee Park on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
River water makeover now, waste water facelift in another 18 months.
Jamshedpur will follow in Singapore footsteps to use treated sewage water for irrigation, kitchen and domestic work. The project, currently at the incubation level courtesy Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco’s water management wing, will save 10 million gallons a day, Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur told The Telegraph on Monday.
Mathur was present at the launch of a project that uses river water for pop-up irrigation and subsurface drip irrigation system at Jubilee Park. In the first phase, 48 pop-up sprinklers were installed and 27km of drip lines were laid for the subsurface drip irrigation at the park, a Rs 18.75 lakh venture to reduce water consumption by 40 per cent.
This is the first such initiative in entire Bihar-Jharkhand wherein SDI has been used in a public park. Water will be drawn from the Subernarekha once a day for use. The total cost of installing the infrastructure in first phase is Rs 18.75 lakh.
Praising the first of its kind initiative in Bihar-Jharkhand, Anand Sen, president, Tata Steel (total quality management and steel business), who inaugurated the river water project, stressed on thinking of new ways to save water.
Following the train of thought, Mathur gave a sneak peek on the treated sewage water project.
“We think it will make Jamshedpur the first township in India to use treated sewage water for non-potable use at not only parks and gardens but also in apartments,” Mathur said.
Except consumption, treated sewage water can be used for many tasks.
“It’s part of our effort to reduce pressure on the water table. At present, we discharge sewage water after treatment following World Health Organisation norms from our treatment plants at Bara in Agrico and Kharkai in Bistupur to Kharkai and Subernarekha. Once we ready the project in consultation with experts from Singapore, we will use treated sewage water for watering, washing and so on within the city,” he added.
The Jusco managing director said that their in-house team was in talks with Singapore consultants to execute the plan.
“Singapore is a global leader in using treated sewage water for consumption with reclaimed water meeting up to 30 per cent of the country’s requirements. That’s fantastic,” Mathur said.
“On our part, we will supply treated sewage water for use at parks in different parts of the city and nearly 54 residential apartments managed by Jusco, and thereafter, the entire company township,” he added.
Waste water recycling would be a prestigious feather in the cap of Jusco that has already earned kudos for solid waste management. Jusco earlier this month bagged a contract for utilising solid waste generated from Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha.