Hyderabad: More than a year after the sale of treated domestic waste water was launched by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) from its Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP), there are not many takers.
It was in March last year that the HMWSSB launched the sale of treated domestic waste water from STPs at the rate of Rs 125 per 5,000 litres, with the tanker and transportation charges to be borne by consumers. Earlier, the Board was diverting all the treated water into Musi River.
In an effort to put the treated water to good use or reuse, the HMWSSB launched the initiative, which would not only generate revenue for the Board, but would also serve as a water saving measure.
HMWSSB operates 18 sewerage treatment plants with a capacity of over 700 MLD, said officials. A majority of the treated water, i.e, 592 MLD is from the four STPs at Amberpet, Nagole, Nallacheruvu, and Attapur. The rest of the water is from the STPs at Khairatabad, Begumpet, and Miralam Tank, and other STPs.
As a pilot project, HMWSSB was offering 45 MLD treated water for sale, but there is hardly any demand, officials say.
“Save for a couple of organisations like Shilparamam, others do not demand treated domestic waste water. Despite three stage treatment and the water being fit for gardening, industrial use, vehicle washing etc., not many organisations have been preferring this water,” says a senior official from HMWSSB.
There are guidelines from the Ministry of Urban Development that treated water should be recycled and reused, preferably in the construction, agricultural, and gardening sectors.
Hardly five tankers are sold a month from the Madhapur plant. This is mainly due to the transportation cost. In addition to the Rs125 for the water, the consumers have to bear the transportation charges and this is costing them high and many prefer booking a commercial tanker, which is offered for Rs 800.
“We are working on the issue. Apart from creating awareness among consumers, modalities are being worked out to offer the treated water at a lesser price,” says the official.