Indore becomes India’s first ‘water plus’ city; Here’s all about a ‘water plus’ city

Indore has now added a feather to its cap by becoming the first ‘water plus’ city of India. The country’s cleanest city, which was announced earlier has now been declared as the first ‘water plus’ city of India under the Swachh Survekshan 2021. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the achievement.

“Heartiest congratulations to the citizens of Indore as it becomes the first SBM (Swachh Bharat Mission) Water certified city under #SwachhSurvekshan2021. Indore has been an example for the whole nation for its determination and dedication towards cleanliness. May it continue to bring glory to the state,” Chouhan said in a tweet.

As many as 1,746 public and 5,624 domestic sewer outfalls were tapped by the Indore Municipal Corporation to achieve the target. The efforts also helped free the city’s Kanh and Saraswati rivers from sewer lines, Indore district collector Manish Singh told news agency PTI.

All about water plus city

A Water Plus city certificate is provided to a city for maintaining cleanliness in rivers and drains under its administration.

As per the Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines, a city or zone is said to be ‘water plus’ provided all wastewater released from households, commercial establishments, drains, etc is treated to a satisfactory level before releasing the treated wastewater to the environment.

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There are a number of criteria that need to be met before a city is declared Water Plus.

  • Firstly, it must be ensured that the dirty water from the city does not go into any river or drain. 
  • Secondly, all public toilets in the city must be connected to sewer lines and must be cleaned.
  • finally, 30 percent of the city’s sewer water has to be recycled and reused.

Indore could prove itself becoming the first ‘water plus city. Indore has also been adjudged the cleanest city in the country for the last four years consecutively under the Swachh Survekshan, a survey conducted under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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