Hyderabad Water Board to Utilise Solar Power to Cut Down on Bills

Solar Power

To cut down the electricity bills, HMWS&SB will for the first time utilize solar power.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has decided to utilise solar power in order to save electricity bills. For this, the Water Board is seeking an allotment of Rs 50 crore funds in the state budget that will be presented during the assembly session later this month.

This is the first time that the Water Board has taken such an initiative to utilise solar power. Currently, the Water Board is paying nearly Rs 55 crore monthly power bills for power consumption in pumping and distributing the network from Godavari phase-I and Krishna phases I,II and III.

Apart from water supply, power bills for running sewerage treatment plants (STPs) located at various places in the city are also very high. “The Water Board’s monthly power consumption is between 120 and 150 Mega Watt (M W) and we are paying nearly Rs 55 crore monthly electricity bills.

For instance, the water board is operating three out of six pumps for supplying Godavari water to the city and 24 pumps (three pumps for each phase) for supplying of Krishna water. For this, nearly 100 MW of power consumption is required. Simultaneously for Osmansagar and Himayathsagar reservoirs, nearly 10 MW power is utilised and another 10 MW for STPs.

To make it worse, supplies from Singur and Manjira have stopped, “general manager electrical, HMWS&SB, P Anil Kumat told TOI. This summer, the power consumption will go up by another 20 M, if water board operates remaining three pumps for pumping and supplying of Godavari water. This will continue for at least four months (March to June) and as a result, the monthly power bill will increase to Rs 70 crore, an official said. The use of solar power is sure to solve the issue in future.

Source: ET

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