Thiruvananthapuram

New pumpsets for Aruvikkara water plant

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It will increase daily water pumping capability by another 10 MLD

The capacity of the 86 MLD water purification plant at Aruvikkara, which caters to the drinking water requirements of a large swathe of the capital city, is expected to be enhanced by August this year.

The pumpsets at the plant will be replaced by a higher-capacity motor, increasing daily water pumping capability by another ten MLD (million litres a day). The tendering process has been completed and work awarded, officials of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) said.

“'Now we have four pumpsets with two running and two on stand-by. We have gone in for a higher-capacity pump as part of the modernisation programme. Once the work is over, we will have one in operation while a second one will kept on standby,” a KWA official said.

Once the work is over, the pumping capability of the plant is expected to rise from 86 MLD to 96 MLD, catering to the increasing requirements of the city regions.

The State government had sanctioned ₹10 crore in the 2016-17 budget for the modernisation of this plant which meets the requirements of about 35 per cent of the city.

Renovation

The renovation of the 72 MLD purification plant at Aruvikkara and the 36 MLD plant at Water Works, Vellayambalam, will also be completed by the end of this year, KWA said. By March, the 72 MLD plant is also expected to get dedicated power supply with underground power cables, reducing the chances of water supply disruptions due to power outages. Every day, the city region requires approximately 270 MLD, according to the KWA. However, the demand is expected to rise in the coming years with the arrival of major infrastructure projects. Last week, Water Resources Minister K. Krishnankutty had announced KWA’s plans to commission a a new 75 MLD plant at Aruvikkara by 2020 and a permanent 100 MLD water treatment plant at Neyyar by March 2021.

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