Wecome to Guwahati Jal Board
Overview
Guwahati has long suffered from inadequate water supply and drainage systems. Currently, only about 30 percent of the population has access to piped water, but the supply of water is intermittent (available a few hours each day) and its quality is poor due to infiltration of contaminated ground water through broken and leaking distribution pipes. Most of the existing water supply facilities have already exceeded their intended service life and need immediate replacement. People without access to piped water may purchase expensive water delivered by tankers, but most rely on ground water supplies. However, the safety of ground water for drinking purposes is a concern due to contamination by high levels of dissolved solids, iron, and fluorides in many areas. Poor drainage and inadequate sanitation facilities also contribute to groundwater contamination and expose the public to water-borne diseases. To address these problems, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has undertaken a program of major infrastructure projects to provide new drinking water supply and sewerage facilities that will serve the entire Guwahati Metropolitan Area. Four separate water supply schemes are already underway implementation to provide a continuous (24 X 7) piped supply of safe drinking water. The Guwahati Jal Board will be responsibility for operation and maintenance of these facilities upon their completion. It is also responsible for ensuring long-term sustainability of the entire water supply system by collecting fees from its customers, based on their actual metered water use and a volumetric tariff structure designed to guarantee water affordability for all, to cover its annual operating expenses and capital replacement costs.
South Western GMA
South Western GMA will be supplied from a new 107 MLD water treatment plant located near Sadilapara under a project funded by JNNURM (GOI). Construction began in April 2009.
South Central GMA
South Central GMA will be supplied from a new 191 MLD water treatment plant located Kharguli under a project funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Construction of pipelines and reservoirs began in early 2010 and work on the treatment plant will commence in October 2012.
South Eastern GMA
South Eastern GMA will be supplied from a new 98 MLD water treatment plant located Sunsali Hill under a project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Northern GMA
Northern GMA will be supplied from a new 38 MLD water treatment plant located at Amingoan under a project funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Construction of the pipelines and reservoirs began in early 2012 and work on the intake and treatment plant will commence in October 2012.