India to require use of treated sewage water in power plants

Thermal power plants in India could soon be required to use treated sewage water for cooling rather than fresh water, the state of Maharashtra’s chief minister minister has said.

Devendra Fadnavis (pictured) said on Sunday that, under a proposed rule, power plant operators across the country will be required to buy the treated water from municipalities, freeing up fresh water for drinking and crop irrigation as well as reducing the pollution caused by improper sewage disposal.  

Fadnavis was quoted as saying that the sale of treated water will generate revenue for municipalities with “thermal power stations situated within a 50 km radius”. These municipalities will then be allocated more fresh water from reservoirs and rivers.

The minister did not give a date on which the new policy will go into effect, but said that discussions are underway in the central government and a report recommending the move has been submitted.

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