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Delhi gets first solar water treatment plant

According to reports, around 750 families from the economically weaker section living near east Delhi’s Surajmal Vihar will soon be receiving solar treated potable water. The first water treatment plant that operates on solar technology was inaugurated at the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya on Saturday and will treat 5,000 litres of waste water daily.

The project was inaugurated by chief minister Sheila Dikshit and will be operated by NGO Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives (SANA). Dikshit said, “Waste water from nearby areas will be treated to meet World Health Organization standards using solar powered panels and micro-ionising water purification processes. Over 750 school children from economically backward homes have been identified and they will each be given five litres of potable water daily for their families.”

Sanchaita Gajapati Raju, the managing trustee of SANAsaid, “The water purification station has a huge potential for reduction of carbon emissions as it avoids boiling water using firewood or charcoal. The system will also include bottling facilities. Recyclable bottles of 20 litres and 5 litres capacity will be used. Chlorine will also be produced locally to disinfect bottles before they are refilled. The system will be owned by the school and managed by students of Classes IX to XII who have been specially trained for this project through workshops.”

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