MCC keen on adopting Dutch water management system in city

Nov 10, 2017

 Mysuru: It’s one thing to study best practices, but their adoption is, to use a much abused cliche, a different ball game all together. However, that is precisely what the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is endeavouring – impressed with the water supply system in Netherlands, considered the best in the world, the civic body are now looking to emulate the model.

Apart from round-the-clock water supply, the distribution network in Netherlands also boasts the lowest water leakage. Moreover, water is supplied to the public at what is considered a modest price. After studying and analysed the distribution and sanitation systems of North Western Europe, officials at MCC appear to have decided to adopt the Netherlands model.

MCC commissioner G Jagadeesha, who was in Netherlands as part of a foreign study tour, has managed to collect the necessary information about the water distribution system in that country.

The authorities are developing a roadmap in taking up prgorammes similar to what had been implemented in Netherlands. If all goes according to plan, the water supply system in the city could incorporate features of Dunea Water Utility Treatment system in The Hague, Waternet method in Amsterdam, the benchmarking system for offsite and onsite sanitation, the tariff setting mechanism among a whole host of other practices that have turned the water distribution network in Netherlands into an efficient, well-oiled system.

The officials are also eager to ensure residents have access to drinking water 24x7, a project for which they are contemplating to use the private public partnership (PPP) model, which is the practice at the Dunea unit.

MCC commissioner G Jagadeesha said that the civic body had decided to set up a model Water Sanitary and Hygiene (WASH) model, and in pursuance of which he would set up a WASH steering committee that would help formulate and implement the sanitation improvement plan. He added that adoption of these systems would help bring down the loss of non-revenue water (NRW) from the current 48% to 25%. “We also want to reduce illegal water connections to zero from the existing figure of 15,000,” he told TOI.

“To start with, we are regularising illegal water connections by installing water meters. We have already regularised 13,000 connections, and the pending ones will be brought under our purview within three months,” Jagadeesha added.

System adopted in Netherlands

*In each city, one agency is responsible for supply of drinking water, sewage treatment and sanitation

*Water companies are also responsible for urban flood control

*Decentralised waste water treatment, managed by Waterschoon, a project in which the community is a participant

*Maximum recovery from waste water

*Separate paths for pedestrians, cycles, etc