Water woes of Delhiites to continue for two more days

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) The ongoing water crisis of the capital will continue for two more days as the Delhi Jal Board is yet to bring down the high level of ammonia content which forced the complete closure of water treatment plans of the Delhi Jal Board at Chandrawal and Wazirabad yesterday.

Areas feeling the pinch due to water shortage are Greater Kailash, Defence Colony, Saket, Jungpura, Chandni Chowk, Civil Lines, Patel Nagar, South Extension and Kingsway Camp, besides some VIP and VVIP ones.

Talking to UNI today, DJB Water Supply Member R K Garg said the ammonia content in the Yamuna river -- the fountainhead for both Chandrawal and Wazirabad -- has risen further and is around four parts per million(ppm).

Mr Garg said, ''With chlorination, the maximum we can treat the ammonia content in water is up to 0.3 ppm. Now, we we are forced to stop the treatment as high intensity chlorination of water might have side-effects on the people using it.'' He said there is a limit to which ammonia level can be treated and four pps is something they cannot handle.

The board has requested the Haryana Pollution Board in regard to this and asked it to check the ammonia content in the water.

The entire ammonia content trouble started from Panipat and the matter is being looked into, Mr Garg emphasised.

Mr Garg said Haryana has been asked to release much more water than it normally does in order to flush out dangerous contents of ammonium, and its response has been quite favourable.

''Right now, the people of the capital are suffering but we hope that normal water supply will be restored by tomorrow evening,'' he hoped.


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