Some 8,000 residents of Savda Ghevda’s slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi will soon have access to subsidised reverse osmosis (RO) treated water. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is setting up a pilot project under which it will provide RO water to the residents for Rs 3-6 per 20 litres.

A single tubewell will be dug and an RO treatment plant will be set up next to it. Around 3-4 kiosks to dispense water will also be set up. DJB is in the process of acquiring land and getting electricity connection to operate the plant.

RO is not considered an ideal system for water treatment due to the massive amount of wastage involved. However, DJB says that it is the system best suited to its requirements.

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