Water shortage in several parts of Delhi continues

December 26th, 2008 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Several areas of the capital faced water shortage Friday as two water treatment plants were closed due to high levels of pollution in the Yamuna river, officials said.Pollutants released into the river by a large number of tanneries in Haryana had increased the ammonia level in the water to the point where the Wazirabad and Chandrawal treatment plants had to be shut down.

“There was no supply of potable water from these plants and because of that water supply was affected,” said a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) official.

The 120 million gallons per day (MGD) Wazirabad plant and the 90 MGD Chandrawal Plant, supply water to parts of south, central, west Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas.

“There is still water shortage. Naturally when the plants will remain shut for nearly 24 hours, the water supply would be affected,” said R.K. Garg of DJB.

“Though there is some improvement in quality of raw water, the water supply will remain affected for some more time,” the DJB official added.

“The areas which are affected are Karol Bagh, NDMC area, Paharganj, Azad Market, Civil Lines, Metcalfe House, Hindu Rao Hospital, Rajender Nagar, Patel Nagar, Baljeet Nagar, and south Delhi,” the DJB official said.

He promised that the problem would be solved soon.

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