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Mandatory for Industries to reuse treated sewage water

The Maharashtra government has made it the primary responsibility of urban local bodies (ULBs) — municipal corporations and municipal councils — to reuse treated sewage water by installing tertiary treatment plants. The government has also made it mandatory for thermal power plants and industries in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) areas to start using only treated sewage water after being made available by ULBs.

The state cabinet on Wednesday cleared a policy for the treatment and reuse of sewage water, giving the units a deadline of three years to adhere to it. The move is a bid to conserve water. The decision states that water-guzzling thermal power plants and industries in the MIDC areas will not get fresh water after three years. This also means that civic corporations and councils will have to install treatment plants soon.


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