The plant is one of the largest and technologically advanced water reuse plants in India. The project marks a decisive step in the direction of municipal water recycling, thereby promoting an alternative and viable model for urban water governance.
The TTRO plant with a capacity of 45 MLD, has been designed and built by a consortium comprising WABAG and IDE. The project worth Rs 4.82 billion was awarded by CMWSSB. In addition to design and build, WABAG will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facility for 15 years.
The treated water will cater to the water requirements of the industrial hub in South Chennai via a 60 km pipeline. The plant will effectively save over 16 billion litres of freshwater annually, thus securing water supply for the people of Chennai and ensuring industrial water security, leading to economic prosperity.
Rajneesh Chopra, Global Head-Business Development, VA Tech WABAG, says, “As part of the government’s efforts to improve the wastewater scenario with focus on sustainability, WABAG expects this model to soon be replicated across major cities. The company till date produces over 25,000 MLD of water and treats over 30,000 MLD of wastewater.” He adds that in the next two years, the company plans to add another 2,400 MLD. “We have operations in 30 countries, and going forward, we are looking at entering South Africa as there are immense opportunities. With growing importance for recycling and reuse of water, the company sees a strong growth momentum.”
The project has been funded by the Government of India under the AMRUT programme and the Government of Tamil Nadu under the Tamil Nadu Investment Promotion Programme (TNIPP), demonstrating the local authorities’ commitment to making Chennai water resilient.