Several areas in the capital face water shortage

New Delhi: Several areas across the city on Monday faced water shortage after two major water treatment plants in the city were closed down after finding high quantity of ammonia in the Yamuna.

A Delhi Jal Board official said Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants had to be closed down at around 2.00 pm due to very "high ammonia content" in the Yamuna raw water.

The officials attributed the increase of ammonia content to the discharge of industrial and domestic waste in the Yamuna by Haryana.

The ammonia content had increased to 1.4 PPM (parts per million) against the normal quantity of 0.6 PPM forcing the DJB to close down the plants.

The official said the plants may be re-started only when there is a substantial reduction in the ammonia level.

Following closure of the plants, water supply has been affected in several areas in North, Central, South and West Delhi as well as in NDMC areas.

The DJB has requested the residents to conserve water as supply of water through tanker in these areas may not be possible due to non-availability of treated water at filling points.

The official said release of industrial and domestic in Panipat and other cities of Haryana is being taken up with the neighbouring state and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The DJB had to shut down these two plants in December last year also following high ammonia content in Yamuna water.