Water supply in north Delhi will see a marked improvement both in quality and quantity with Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Tuesday launching a fully-integrated recycling plant at one of the city’s oldest water treatment complex in Wazirabad.

“Five lakh more residents of Burari and Palla regions are going to be benefited from additional water supply facilitated due to the new recycling plant, which will recycle wastewater generated during water treatment operations at the complex,” Ms. Dikshit told reporters after inspecting the new facility.

Delhi Jal Board is setting up two more recycle water treatment plants, the first of their kind in the country, in Bhagirathi and Chandrawal complexes. It already commissioned one in Haiderpur last year. By March 2010, these plants will collectively add a total of 45 MGD to the city’s water supply.

“These will go a long way in solving the water woes in Delhi. The DJB is making several efforts to ensure that safe and clean drinking water is available to each resident,” Ms. Dikshit, also the Chairperson of DJB, said.

The Chief Minister said talks are on with the Haryana government for sharing more water from river Yamuna. “Haryana is not yet ready to share additional water. We will fight it and take the issue to the central government as the city is facing a severe shortage of water.”

The new recycling plant at Wazirabad complex, which gets 80 per cent of its raw water from river Yamuna, recycles “once treated water” and not raw water. So, the water is more potable, said DJB CEO Ramesh Negi.