Kerala’s state government is planning to roll out a system to filter water for the municipal water supply.
Sources in the government said the project would be completed in phases, with the aim of eventually filtering 50 million litres of water per day, the Times of Indian reported.
The city’s aquamirs are situated in villages and districts, and the municipal supply is the largest source of drinking water in the state.
The municipal water purifiers have been installed in some areas, and they are designed to remove the chlorine and nitrate that causes the colour changes in the municipal waters.
But the filter, which costs Rs 200,000 ($28,000), is not a cheap option.
It costs about 10 times the price of a standard filtration system, said a water ministry official.
Read more: Water treatment plants for the poorThe municipal purifiers are meant to be installed in villages or towns where people live and use the municipal drinking water, or where the residents are poor.
“We have a lot of people in the city, and there is a shortage of water,” said Sudhir Kumar, chief executive officer of the Municipal Corporation of Kerala (MCK).
“The filtrification process involves a lot more manpower.
We want to help these people to save water,” he said.
Water minister G P Rama Rao said the scheme was in the planning stages, and water purifier would be installed within the next few weeks.
The MCK plans to buy the necessary equipment from private companies.
But in Kerala, it is difficult to get the necessary infrastructure.
The water ministry said a lot had to be built and installed before the scheme could be implemented.
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