CHENNAI: Uninterrupted supply of water has been guaranteed because of more borewells, greywater recycling plants and rejuvenation of existing wells which have become the selling points of upcoming small housing projects in the city.
The initiatives are being taken up to make these complexes water-sustainable with Chennai being prone to acute water crisis.
Greywater recycling plants are being introduced in projects with less than eight units in the southern suburbs. Former president of Flat Promoters Association, Chennai South, R Thamil Selvan, said developers handling such projects were attempting to set up the plants to ensure better water management.
He said that a few are installing greywater plants although it is expensive for small projects. It is meant to recycle wastewater from kitchens that can be used in toilet flushes.
Some developers are re-digging existing wells, making them deeper. T Josh, a developer who is building four luxurious apartments at Porur, said the summer shortage has brought to the fore the importance of wells.
He said that wells have been deepened by an additional 10 feet while a sump with a capacity to hold 1,000 litres has been created for storing water from the borewell.
With acute water scarcity hitting the city twice in three years, homebuyers have put uninterrupted availability of water on a par with location, price and transportation facilities.
Several developers are giving prominence to water in their publicity material. On the ground, they are building bigger sumps that can store more water. Builders Association of India said developers have begun installing rainwater harvesting structures.
Besides these, small apartment complexes under construction will have more than one borewell to provide uninterrupted water to its occupants, said S Ramaprabhu, southern centre chairman of the builders association.
Source: ET Realty