Mumbai looks forward to cooperate with Vodokanal of St.Petersburg


On June 9 SUE “Vodokanal of St.Petersburg” was visited by an Indian politician Sudheendra Kulkarni and Consul General of India in St.Petersburg Arun Kumar Sharma. The meeting discussion was dedicated to the prospects of cooperation between the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai and Vodokanal of St.Petersburg. Indian colleagues were especially interested in the company experience in wastewater treatment.

The meeting took place on the territory of the Information and Training Centre of Vodokanal. SUE “Vodokanal of St.Petersburg” specialists provided information on main activities of the company. Water supply system was described by SUE “Vodokanal of St.Petersburg” Director for the production A.N. Danilov and Vodokanal Deputy Director for development O.N. Rublevskaya presented sanitation system operation. Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni was surprised with the very low level of water losses during transportation in St. Petersburg (13% in 2015). For example, in 2010, water losses in Mumbai equated to the total volume of consumed drinking water of a small Indian city. It is worth noting that Vodokanal tends to further reduce the level of water losses. This is facilitated by the automated water management system implementation. The system selects the optimal hydraulic modes on the basis of online data, thus excluding over- or under pressure.

One of the most important factors contributing to the water consumption reduction in the city (in 2015 this figure reached 131 liters per day per person), namely environmental education of the younger generation, was mentioned by V.D. Kozlov, Director of SUE “Vodokanal of St.Petersburg” Branch “Information and Training Centre”. He noted that children, being main participants of the Youth Environmental Centre programs, are not only learning to save water and to preserve it, but also share “their experience” with family and friends.

Indian colleagues were especially interested in information regarding the South-West Wastewater Treatment Plant (SWWTP) construction and operation. Today two thirds of all wastewater in Mumbai is returned untreated to water bodies. Therefore, construction of wastewater treatment plants is Mumbai topical issue. Indian colleagues were able to personally visit the treatment plant and get acquainted with SWWTP operation.

The meeting in St. Petersburg was a kind of continuation of the discussion held in April 2016 in Mumbai. We would like to remind that this spring representatives of Vodokanal of St.Petersburg as a part of the St.Petersburg delegation headed by the vice-governor S.N. Movchan visited Maharashtra state.

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