Take steps to reduce ammonia in Yamuna, city govt tells Haryana

Owing to “excessive” rise in ammonia levels in Yamuna, the Delhi government has written to Haryana for taking necessary steps to ensure stoppage of pollutants in the river course.

The pollution in the river has affected the water supply in the capital with the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) forced to “considerably reduce” the pumping from the Wazirabad and Chandrawal Water Treatment Plants. This in turn has affected the water supply in the city.

“Due to rise in ammonia level in the raw water supply from the river Yamuna, production of potable water at Wazirabad and Chandrawal plants has been affected. The matter of deterioration of quality of raw water supply to the Delhi plants has been taken up by the Delhi Government with the concerned Haryana authorities,” a statement by the Delhi government said.

Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma has written a letter to his counterpart in Haryana and has sought his intervention for taking necessary steps to ensure no entry of pollutants in river Yamuna while coming to Delhi, it said
“Raw water quality is being continuously monitored at half an hour intervals in DJB’s laboratories to check the ammonia levels. Normal supply will be restored once both plants are working after pollution level recedes,” a DJB official said.

Meanwhile, corrective measures are being taken to stop the entry of the pollutants coming from Haryana drains into the river course and the situation is expected to improve soon, the statement said.

The affected areas include north Delhi, north-west Delhi, central and parts of west and south Delhi. The government said that water will be supplied through tankers in affected areas and that there is no need to panic.

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