WR’s Water Treatment Plant May Cut Their Water Bill By Rs.1.9 Crores

The water plant at Bandra Terminus has the potential to cut WR’s water bill by Rs 1.9 crore per annum, which is more than its operational cost i.e. Rs 23,016 per day or Rs 84 lakh per year which includes labour, electricity and other charges.

WR’s Water Treatment Plant May Cut Their Water Bill By Rs.1.9 Crores
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In a city like Mumbai where water conservation is a major issue, Western Railway (WR) has started using treated effluent water for non-potable purposes like cleaning toilets, platforms and coaches. Before this move, Western Railway used freshwater that it received from the Municipal authorities.

The water plant for the same was recently opened at the coaching depot in Bandra Terminus. This move will help in saving millions of litres of water. Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar has stated that this is the biggest water plant in Indian Railways. 

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As stated in Mumbai Mirror, a railway official said that the plant can treat and recycle 50,000 litres per hour and potentially save Rs 52,250 per day in the water bill. The effluent water goes through several steps. Before sending the wastewater to the reaction tank, it is treated to separate grease and floating oils which ensures that there is no foul stench in the water. The plant has the potential to cut Western Railway’s water bill by INR 1.9 crore per annum; which is more than its operational cost i.e. INR 23,016 per day or INR 84 lakh per year which includes labour, electricity and other charges. Moreover, there is a special pipeline laid for the plant which is made of anti-bacterial and anti-corrosive substances. This pipeline is well-suited for Mumbai’s climate and transfers the treated water to the tank.

Western Railways is not just being environment-friendly by saving gallons of water but is also planning to set up small gardens in and around 36 stations in Mumbai. The authorities are planning to utilise open spaces efficiently and make maximum use of sustainable energy resources. Efforts are being made to make 'green stations'. The saplings or garden will be set up at ticket booking counters, wide Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) and at free spaces in the railway platforms. As per reports, the project is expected to be completed by March 2020. 

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