MADRAS, India, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An Indian company says it has begun operating an advanced desalination plant to provide some of the cheapest drinking water in the country.
The Chennai Water Desalination Co. said its plant in Madras that began operating this weekend will supply around 260 gallons of water for just a little more than $1 and could be a “template” for other coastal Indian cities, the BBC reported.
By filtering seawater under high pressure, a company spokesman said, the plant will provide 26 million gallons of water to the city a day.
By comparison, the government-run water board supplies about 170 million gallons of water to the city’s seven million residents.
The $140 million plant is a joint venture between companies from India and Spain, the BBC said.
The government-run Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board says it will buy the purified water for the next 25 years.
“The water is purified and demineralized. This takes away salt, lime and other particles. The purified water meets the government standards. It tastes just like ordinary water and above all it is cheap,” water board Managing Director Shiv Das Meena said.
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