In a dry monsoon, last month’s drizzle for city poorest in 42 yrs

The India Meteorological Department said the few monsoon systems that formed during August remained unfavourable for several parts of Maharashtra, making it one of the driest monsoonmonths in decades. G P Sharma, vice-president (meteorology) at Skymet Weather Services, said there were no significant monsoon systems this August that could bring rain to central and western parts of the country, at least since the last two weeks. “Since a week now, the monsoon systems have only been favourable to east and northeast India,“ he said.

Pune, which is on the leeward side of the Western Ghats, did not get much rain. The coastal regions of the state also recorded poor rainfall. “The rain was very poor all along the Western Ghats, including Konkan and Goa. Hence, interior Maharashtra suffered as well.Usually , when coastal Maharashtra experiences good rainfall, there is some spillover of those rains on the leeward side too. This did not happen in August,“ Sharma said. Only light rains in the next one week can be expected, he added.
Source : TOI



Failure to treat sewage

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has seized Rs 1 lakh bank guarantee of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for its failure to complete the sewage treatment plants in time. The corporation at present treats 210 MLD (million litres per day) sewage while releases nearly 80 MLD untreated sewage into Pavana and Indrayani rivers. The PCMC says it will be able to treat all the sewage only by March 2015.Untreated sewage goes into the rivers. This has polluted Pavana, Mula and Indrayani rivers. The rivers have become open drains.
The civic body had been directed to divert six nullahs to the nearby STPS so as to achieve the 207 MLD capacities of STPS by March 2011. But the civic body diverted only three major nullahs. The total installed capacity of 11 STPs is 297 MLD but only 210 MLD sewage is treated and remaining sewage is directly discharged into the local nullahs which lead to pollution in Pavana and Indrayani rivers.
The MPCB had directed the corporation to submit monthly reports of all STPs regarding chemical consumption, electricity consumption etc. The corporation, however, failed to submit them. The corporation was also asked to ensure proper chlorination at all the STPs. However, during an

Proposal for Grey water recycling

Grey water recycling may find a place in the new Development Plan (DP).The proposal to suggest recycling of grey water will be tabled before the City Improvement Committee (CIC) which is at present discussing the Development Plan (DP) for old city areas.
Grey water comes from kitchen sinks, showers and washing machines. Between 50 % and 80 % of household water that goes down the drain could be reused to flush toilets or water outdoor landscaping and for irrigation.
The use of grey water is related to availability of drinking water in the city. The city generates about 9.5 TMC of sewage every year and the irrigation department has told the civic body to treat and release it into the irrigation canal for farmers’ use. Once this happens, farmers will not lift water from the reservoirs and Pune can claim the additional quota.
The city must take steps to improve water efficiency in buildings and use of grey water. As of now, the city has no system to make use of grey water. If housing societies are able to treat grey water, they will not face any water shortage, thus reducing the water bill. The recycled water could be used for flushing and gardening purposes.
“The PMC has divided the city into 23 basins to lay and connect storm water drain pipelines. The central government is funding the project. The storm water drains are used only in the monsoon and otherwise remain dry. The PMC should lay separate pipelines in housing societies to collect grey water and connect these lines to storm water drains. This water should be treated if necessary and released in the river or canal for irrigation purpose. The treatment will not cost much compared to the sewage treatment and agriculture will get good quality water,” states the proposal