Three new STPs opened; outflow of waste water to be reduced

Three new STPs opened; outflow of waste water to be reduced

Three new STPs opened; outflow of waste water to be reduced
Three new sewage treatment plants (STPs) set up by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), with a combined capacity of 65 million litres per day (MLD), were inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Friday.

The plants are situated at Nagasandra, Chikkabanavara and Raja Canal in Kothanur.  According Siddaramaiah, this will bring relief from foaming in lakes like Bellandur and Varthur.

Of the 1,800 MLD water that is being supplied to the city every day, 1,443 MLD of used water comes out as waste. With the help of the existing STPs, 721 MLD of water is being reused after treatment. With the inauguration of the three new plants, 846 MLD of used water will be recycled, which will benefit around 30,000 people.

BWSSB, with help from Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA), has used the Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology to convert contaminated water into usable water. This advanced technology, which has been adopted to monitor the treatment, consumes less space, doesn’t involve manual intervention and helps in regulating the flow of sewage water in the plant. Though it cannot be used for cooking or drinking, it can be used for cleaning, washing, gardening, and industrial
purposes.

Takayushi Tangeshan, senior representative, JICA India, said, “The sewage project is a step undertaken for the benefit of people’s health and a better step towards nature.”

Siddaramaiah said, “Our aim is to make Bengaluru free from the draining of waste water. We are facing the brunt of negligence by the previous administrators. If they had taken proper measures of implementing an STP, we would not have witnessed such a situation at Bellandur.” He also mentioned the various development projects taken up by the government like the second phase of Metro, beautification of the city, inducting 3,000 new BMTC buses and supply of 10,000 litres of free water to slums.
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