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Story Dated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 02:37 hrs UTC

t's not summers yet, but water-related issues have arrived in the Capital. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials have informed that two of their water treatment plants (WTPs) will be shut, affecting supply to parts of West, North, Central and South Delhi.
This is due to Haryana not releasing enough raw water in the Delhi Sub Branch and Munak Canal, and resultant depletion of water level at Wazirabad pond that is currently at 671.3ft - against the normal level of 674.5ft.
As a result, the production of water at the Chandrawal and Wazirabad treatment plants in Delhi have been adversely affected, officials said. Since January, DJB has been grappling with water woes, with excess ammonia being carried into the water shared with Delhi.
Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Haidarpur WTPs have not been running at full capacity as they can process water with only limited amount of ammonia.
Nearly 60 per cent of the 900 MGD of water distributed in Delhi comes through Yamuna river from Haryana. DJB recently told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that industrial units in Haryana were releasing the excess ammonia but CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) has contested that the ammonia is arising from Delhi's open drains itself.
The Haryana government said that they were not to be blamed for Delhi's predicament and DJB should raise the capacity of its WTPs instead of blaming neighbouring state.
In a press release, the DJB said that due to a leakage at the Command Tank 2, water supply will not be available or will be available at low pressure on Wednesday from 9am to midnight in Dwarka sub-city, Madhu Vihar, Rajapuri, Mahavir Enclave, and Bindapur areas.


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