“Collaborative effort with Israel will help Gujarat achieve water security by 2050” – Mr. Vijay Rupani
One the first day of his visit to Israel Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani visited the Dan Region Waste Water Treatment Plant located at Shafdan. Mr. Rupani along with a high level delegation comprising senior Government of Gujarat officials are on a weeklong visit to Israel to discuss areas of mutual cooperation between Gujarat and Israel.
Dan Region Waste Water Treatment is Israel’s largest waste water treatment plant built at a cost of US $ 250 million and is in operation since 1977. It is situated near Rishon Lezion area, to collect, treat and reclaim municipal wastewater in the large and rapidly growing metropolitan area. It has a capacity to treat 370,000 cubic meters per day (370 MLD) of municipal waste water.
Speaking about the desalination projects in Gujarat, he said, “The state is going to set up 100 MLD desalination plant in Jodia and also plans to set up 10 such desalination plants to ensure water security for coastal areas and Saurashtra, and a collaborative effort will help Gujarat achieving water security by 2050.”
Mr. Rupani was briefed about the online system of water monitoring, grid management, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) of Water Supply. Expressing his desire in using the methods of Mekorot, Mr. Rupani said that, ‘Gujarat is blessed with a very long coastal line of 1600 Km, the state also has network of Sewage Treatment Plants in various cities along with good sources of natural water. By collaborating with Israel and learning lessons from them about how they are efficiently using all the available water sources, we can make Gujarat water sufficient and avoid water management issues till 2050.’
Mr. Rupani further said that, ‘The Dan Waste Water Treatment Plant’ and Gujarat’s recently launched ‘Reuse of Waste Water Policy’ are two novel initiatives that open up new possibilities of a joint collaboration in the coming days. Gujarat and Israel, with their dedicated and efficient policies for sustainable development, can show the world new ways of achieving their goals.”
Mr. Rupani made a detailed tour of the ‘Waste Water Treatment Plant’ facility and held discussions with Mr. Gal Shoham, professional instructor at the plant, other experts and Israeli officials. After the discussion, Mr. Rupani said that similar technology can be used to collect, treat and reclaim municipal wastewater in large and rapidly growing municipal areas of Gujarat. He also invited the Israeli side to take up the opportunity for setting up wastewater treatment plants in Gujarat.
Following his visit to Dan Region Waste Water Treatment plant, Mr. Rupani along with the delegation attended a presentation, by the national company for water management of Israel – Mekorot, for explaining the technology and management aspects of water supply. It is notable that Gujarat Government has recently launched the Waste Water Recycling and Reuse Policy. The policy envisages reuse of 50% waste water after treatment for industrial use. This measure is would reduce the water distress in the state as well provide more water for domestic and agricultural consumption.
During the discussion, CEO of Mekorot, Mr. Ehud Hilel highlighted that water sector needs more of management interventions than technological interventions as advanced and sophisticated technologies are already available around the world. Use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is the first prerequisite for an efficient water management system. It would help reduce the use of water and optimize its use.
Mr. J. P. Gupta Principal Secretary for Water Supply Department briefed about swater management in Gujarat.
The delegation discussed the opportunities of collaboration in water management sector between Israel and Gujarat as certain challenges faced by both the sides are similar. Israel has a good mix of natural water, recycled water and desalination water to meet their water needs.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat