Chennai may face water shortage by 2026

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Chennai, Oct 7 (UNI) The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) today warned the city would face water shortage of 300 Million Litre a Day (MLD) by 2026.

Entrusted with the responsibility of supplying water to nearly five million residents of the city, Metrowater, as CMWSSB was called, was currently supplying 570 MLD every day besides meeting industrial demands of 35 MLD.

Though the city had enough water to meet current requirements thanks to satisfactory water levels at its main reservoirs of Red Hills, Cholavaram, Poondi besides adequate supply from Veeranam, Chembarambakkam Lake and Telugu Ganga Project, Chennai was expected to face water shortage by 2026.

''Chennai will need around 2,250 MLD by 2026. Although, sources for about 1,950 MLD are identified, the solution lies in conservation and recycling to generate 300 MLD by 2026,'' CMWSSB Managing Director Shiv Das Meena said.

However, Mr Meena said there was a need to find innovative ways to meet the future water requirements. With urbanisation, population growth, use of modern agriculture practices and mismanagement, the water needs were increasing.

Explaining about the current scenario in the city, he said ''currently, there is no water crisis in Chennai. But continous population growth, rising per capita demand and water contamination scenario will lead to water shortage in the future.'' Mr Meena also urged the industry to become zero discharge units, especially as the necessary technology was becoming increasingly affordable.

He said Metrowater was already supplying 36 MLD of secondary treated water to companies such as CPCL, MFL and MPL and about five MLD to GMR Vasavi Power Project.

''Industry should tap the huge potential in recycling waste water for industrial use and save cost.

''The cost of recycling will work out much cheaper than procuring water from reverse Osmosis and desalination units,'' he pointed out.


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