Chennai Metrowater will soon float a tender to upgrade some of its facilities. The State government has already sanctioned funds for the project.

An order was issued recently by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department sanctioning Rs.7.75 crore for the project. Officials of Metrowater said Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), a computer system to monitor the process, would be installed at the Surapet water treatment plant and Perungudi sewage treatment plant at a total cost of Rs.41.1 crore. The SCADA would help in monitoring the volume of water treated and pumped out to the pipeline and the quality of water treated and effluent quality. The water agency would also use the funds to procure 25 flow meters to be fixed at nine water distribution stations, including Vysarpadi, Choolaimedu and Mylapore, and water treatment plant at Kilpauk.

The flow meters would facilitate accounting the volume of water being pumped into the main pipeline for distribution and also check for loss of water enroute, an official said. Moreover, the training centre of Metrowater would also be provided with additional facilities, including hostel, at a cost of Rs.1.70 crore. The centre provides skill upgradation training to nearly 800 staff of various government agencies, including Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and MAWS department.

The project is expected to be completed in nine months, the official added.

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