Delhi residents, reeling under water crisis triggered by the shutting down of two water treatment plants, are likely to get some respite on Thursday.
The Wazirabad and Chandrawal plants were closed down by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday after ammonia level in Wazirabad Pond shot up. But, with Haryana government releasing water, the ammonia level in the pond has come down, DJB officials said.
“The two water treatment plants started functioning at 25 per cent capacity around 8 pm on Wednesday. It will take sometime time for the plants to be fully operational but some areas are likely to receive water by Thursday evening,” a DJB official said.
According to the DJB, the ammonia level in Wazirabad Pond had touched an all-time high of 2.6 milligrams per litres (mgl) as opposed to the limit of 0.2 mgl.
“The pollution level has come down after Haryana released water. Although the level of ammonia keeps fluctuating, it was around 1.7 mgl today,” a DJB official said.
Potable water production of 220 million galleons daily had been affected after the DJB closed down the two plants. Parts of Central Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council area, Old, North and South Delhi were affected.
Complaints for water shortage and requests for water tankers were made to the DJB, even as officials assured that regular supply would resume by evening.