The TK Halli Water Treatment Plant will be fully ready by 2026. When complete, it will be able to treat 400 Million Litres per Day (MLD) and will be the largest in Bengaluru, said Nicolas Bockhoff, Chief Operating Officer (Water Services, and Operations and Maintenance) at Suez India Private Limited.
Suez, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French multinational, is the contractor for the design, manufacture, operations and maintenance of the TK Halli Plant, which comes under the fifth phase of Cauvery Water Supply Scheme.
Under the scheme, water from Cauvery River is transported by gravity over a distance of 20 km and treated at the plant before being pumped to the city for drinking water requirements.
Over the last 20 years, the company has collaborated with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB)in water, recycling and waste recovery projects. It has so far constructed and commissioned water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 1,500 MLD, according to Bockhoff.
Construction of the TK Halli Plant began during the pandemic and ran into delays because of a shortage of manpower. “We are trying to catch up now;” Bockhoff said.
He believes India faces significant challenges in equitable distribution and supply of water because of “poor” maintenance of associated infrastructures and pipelines and other infrastructure. The BWSSB has a “very high” water loss at 50% as against 15%-20%, he noted.
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