Chennai, Oct 1
Minster SP Velumani left the audience impressed when he drank the recycled water that was purified at the newly inaugurated sewage treatment plant in Kodingaiyur. He had consumed the water in order to show that recycled water is not harmful for health.
The Government of Tamil Nadu had planned to set up sewage water treatment plants in four different places in Chennai – at Koyambedu, Kodungaiyur, Nesapakkam and Perungudi – based on the reverse osmosis method, like in Singapore.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy had ordered that the plants in Koyambedu and Kodingaiyur be set up first, as part of stage one. The Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board took up the projects under the supervision of SP Velumani, the Minister for Municipal Administration.
The category 3 Tertiary Treatment Reverse Osmosis (TTRO) sewage treatment plant in Kodungaiyur, located on nine acres of land, at a cost of Rs.348 crores, can recycle up to 45 million litres of water every day.
At the ceremony held in the morning today at the Kodungaiyur sewage treatment plant, Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy inaugurated the category 3 TTRO sewage treatment plant, that is capable of treating 45 million litres of water every day.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy, Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, and Minister of Municipal Administration, Mr. S.P Velumani and other ministers and officials then inspected the plant. The plant officials explained how the sewage water is recycled through the reverse osmosis process.
The officials informed that, in its first phase, the recycled water was supplied to the nearby factories, and reiterated that the recycled water is not harmful to health. Even as the chief minister was listening to them, minister SP Velumani took a glass of recycled water from the officials and drank it in front of the gathering.
In these times of scarcity, when water management is being given utmost importance, recycled water, purified with the help of technology, is fast becoming one of the important sources of water. Social media is now lauding minster SP Velumani for setting an example for others by drinking the recycled water.
Countries like Israel and Singapore have already announced that recycled water is fit for human consumption and have implemented measures to that effect.