Bangalore homes to be supplied with recycled potable water

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Bangalore, June 17 (UNI) To tide over the ever increasing drinking water shortage, the Karnataka Government has launched a Integrated Water Management Scheme to supply 925 Million Litres Daily (MLD) of recycled water to homes in the city by 2015.

Briefing newspersons after holding a meeting with top officials from the state urban development organisations, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said the Rs 2,533 crore scheme would be implemented in four stages and the work on the first two stages had already started.

The water drawn from 17 lakes would be treated by advanced methods to make it potable.

The cost of recycling the water would be between Rs 12 to Rs 16 per kilolitre and would work out cheaper than the Cauvery water now being pumped in three stages from the river, nearly 120 km away from the city, he said.

The Chief Minister said at present, water requirement for Bangalore city was around 1,219 MLD while the availability was only 870 MLD resulting in 41 per cent shortfall.

By 2015, the total requirement was estimated to be 2,172 MLD with the shortfall at around 702 MLD.

Besides meeting the shortfall, the scheme would also help reduce exploitation of ground water and development of lakes.

The Rs 473 crore first phase for 135 MLD would be taken up with the Centre for assistance under JNNURM.

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