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Perungalathur residents get low-cost treated water

With the approval of the council, the reverse-osmosis treated water is sold at Rs.11 for 20 litres, much to the delight of residents.

Following the footsteps of the Mudichur village panchayat, near Tambaram, another neighbourhood local body, Perungalathur town panchayat, has started selling safe drinking water to its residents at a very low cost.

With the approval of the council, the reverse-osmosis treated water is sold at Rs.11 for 20 litres, much to the delight of residents in this suburban local body that has a number of innovative welfare schemes to its credit.

“A specially designed shed has been constructed at Parvathi Nagar in Old Perungalathur to house the equipment. We plan to provide water to at least 1,000 families on a regular basis to start with,” said town panchayat president S. Sekar.

For the project, water is sourced from a well and then transferred to the reverse osmosis plant that has a capacity to purify about 3,000 litres of water a day. The well was dug by Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD Board) in the 1990s. But its water became unfit for consumption and subsequently, it was abandoned 15 years ago, Perungalathur town panchayat staff recalled.

“The maintenance of the plant will be handled by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services — a non-governmental organisation and cans will be supplied at Rs. 11,” said the local body’s executive efficer, M. Kesavan. “The rates, though fixed at Rs. 11, are being negotiated and we have spent Rs. 8 lakh for machinery. Another Rs. 6 lakh for constructing the shed and power supply,” he said.

Mr. Kesavan said: “While this will benefit residents who pay a lot for packaged drinking water, it would also mean income generation for the town panchayat. Moreover, self-help groups would be resourced to supply water cans to residential localities.”

Directorate of Town Panchayat officials and representatives of Hand in Hand plan to regularly test water samples to ensure quality. They said the samples would be tested at the lab on the plant premises once in two or three days. Residents welcomed the initiative as it would reduce their expense towards packaged drinking water. A RO plant with a capacity to treat 500 litres per hour is functioning at Muthuvelar Street and 100 families of that locality are benefitted, they said.

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