MONTHS AFTER Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that water quality testing labs in the capital will get a boost of Rs 54 crore along with world-class testing facilities, Delhi is set to get an integrated water quality monitoring laboratory system for its water testing facilities.
There are eight zonal water testing laboratories and nine water treatment plants in Delhi. According to officials, samples picked up from residential areas are tested in zonal labs and raw and drinking water released from treatment plants is tested at the facility.
Close to 500 water samples are tested at the labs every day. The labs, however, are in need of advanced equipment and the boost is expected to bring better testing equipment as well.
“We are looking at an integrated system from where the water quality of the entire city can be monitored. A study for the feasibility of the project has been commissioned to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). Our plan is to upgrade existing laboratories and get them accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. Vacancies will also be filled up. The results of water testing will be made available online in real-time,” said Delhi Jal Board CEO Keshav Chandra.
According to sources, the new plan also includes a disaster management lab to deal with any potential threat to the city’s water supply.
“A training facility is also being planned where officials from civic facilities can be trained. This facility will be of an international standard. However, we are yet to decide where the training facility will be set up,” said a source in DJB.
Haiderpur, which is the biggest water treatment plant in Delhi and which treats 220 million gallons of water per day, is the primary contender for the facility. The Chandrawal treatment plant could also be the site for the training facility, said sources.