Surat’s circular business model showcased at COP26 | Surah News

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SURAT: After becoming a model city in the country for its circular economy – generating revenue through wastewater reuse – Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) now aims to become a net zero liquid discharge city.
City Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani highlighted the city’s achievements at COP26 organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network, Glasgow.
Pani explained how the city generates funds of Rs 140 crore by selling 115 MLD of recycled water from sewage. The city aims to generate Rs 500 crore by selling the treated water for non-drinking purposes.
“The water recycling and reuse model of Surat City was widely appreciated by the members attending the global conference. We showed how a circular economy model can work in a city where we generate revenue by selling treated water,” Pani told TOI.
Along with recycling and reusing wastewater, SMC also demonstrated the model of protecting its natural water resources. SMC’s efforts to block 44 sewage outlets that were discharged into the Tapi River and thus prevent the mixing of 370 MLD sewage with river water were highlighted at the conference.
“The city of Surat generates 1,000 MLD of wastewater and we aim to treat and reuse it entirely. We discussed ideas on how we will adopt technology to recycle and reuse wastewater,” he added.
It should be noted that the city recently obtained Water+ certification under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and became the first in the state to achieve this status. The certificate was issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) for best practices in wastewater management.
Only cities declared ODF++ (without open defecation) could claim this certification. Taking a step ahead, the city also scored higher points in wastewater management in line with global standards.
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