Safe drinking water remains a key problem which governments in all states struggle to tackle. Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi made the impossible task of drinking water from the taps safe on Sunday under a flagship project which was inauguarated on Sunday. Under the project, a residential colony in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar will now be getting 24×7 access to potable water from taps.

Aimed at benefitting 1,900 people in the area, the project will be implemented in other parts of the national capital soon. The flagship project is done under a public-private partnership with French company Suez. The colony will be getting its supply of water from the Malviya Nagar underground reservoir command area, which provides water to around 4.5 lakh people in south Delhi.

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) chairperson Kapil Mishra said that the project will help 340 families where consumers will be able to get drinking water directly through taps by closing the inlet of the overhead tanks. The three major steps to make this impossible possible were changing levels of house service connection, bypassing of overhead and underground tanks, and a high-end leakage detection system had to be formulated.

Mishra said that by this facility, people will be able to save money and water bills are likely to get cheaper. the project, if it becomes a success, will end people’s dependency on water purifiers. The DJB official also said that no water pumps will be required thereby reducing the power consumption.

The scheme was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti. The initiative, they said, was mainly to bring Delhi closer to developed countries.