By Stephanie NebehayThe Wall Street of India will have to find new ways to purify its water, and the government is stepping in.
The water purification process is now being conducted in a manner that is far less expensive and less harmful than those used to clean food and household waste, according to the government’s Directorate of Water Resources and Power Development (DRPWD).
The government is spending a total of $8 billion for the new system.
DRPWD chief Rajendra Kumar has been leading the project.
The project has been launched in three phases: a pilot, a public consultation and a national rollout.
The government is hoping to eventually have all of India’s households using the purification system.
The purification is also an important part of the country’s water management plan.
India’s water bodies have been pumping out huge amounts of water to meet demands for irrigation and agriculture, which has been met mainly through the use of desalination and other water-intensive technologies.
DRPs goal is to supply water to more than 40 percent of the population, and this new system will help to meet that goal.
India is one of the largest producers of water, with some 7 billion tons of water a day.
To make up for the water shortfall, the government has spent billions on the dam and aquifer projects in the Himalayas and elsewhere, to try and reduce the countrys reliance on water from rivers.