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Civic body bags first prize for water security 

The Times of India , Nov 01, 2018

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has added yet another feather in its cap by winning first prize at the annual water awards by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The award under FICCI’s water mission will be awarded to SMC under the title ‘water security’ for taking various measures in water and wastewater sector.

The award will be presented to deputy mayor Nirav Shah by Union Minister for Water Resources, river development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Arjun Ram Meghwal at a ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday.

The FICCI water awarded were launched to promote awareness, policy advocacy, sharing of best practices and thought leadership in the area of water use efficiency.

Official sources said that the SMC has implemented various measures and efforts for water security in the Diamond City. Two new French wells of the 55 million litres per day (MLD) capacity are under construction and that tenders have been issued for the construction of six new French wells identified under the aquifer mapping survey conducted by the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI).

Talking with TOI, additional city engineer, KH Khatwani said, “We have adopted zero liquid discharge (ZLD) for treating waste water.

A 46 MLD plant is coming up in the city. Moreover, we are constructing two new 70 MLD tertiary treatment plant to treat waste water and supply to the industries”