Delhi residents face water shortage problem as ammonia level spikes
Residents of different parts of Delhi have been facing water shortage problems for the past nine days. The problem started after three water treatment plants at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Haidarpur stopped working at full capacity since January 30, due to the presence of high-level ammonia in Yamuna river. The Delhi Jal Board said it will take at least a week to fix the problem.
As per a report, water supply across Delhi has been affected except in East Delhi where water is drawn from the Upper Ganga Canal. A DJB official said, "The crisis started from January 30 when due to continuous pollution in the Yamuna and reduced supply of raw water from Haryana the production of potable water at treatment plants of Delhi got hit."
Stating that the ammonia level in the Yamuna has risen up to 2.23 parts per million (ppm) when the safe limit is 0.2 ppm, the DJB official said, "Only 0.9 ppm of ammonia level in water can be treated by the agency." The production of potable water has declined as the supply of raw water at the treatment plants has been reduced, he added.
The Delhi Jal Board distributes 900MGD of water across the city and out of this, 543 MGD (almost 60 per cent of the water) comes from Haryana and around 240 MGD from Uttar Pradesh through Upper Ganga Canal.