Water Quality Watch: Maharashtra

Last Modified: Sun Feb 16 2020 06:59:32 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 250
    Water quality monitoring stations that have been set up in the state - the most by a state in the country.
  • 49
    River stretches or segments are highly polluted. These include stretches of rivers such as Mithi, Godavari, Bhima, Krishna, Ulhas, Tapi, Kundalika, Panchganga, Mula-Mutha, Pelhar, Penganga and Vaitarna, among others.
  • 14
    Stretches have already been cleaned according to YB Sontakke, Joint Director, Water Quality, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
  • 8,143 MLD
    Volume of sewage generated in the state of Maharashtra each day, according to a report by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It amounts to 13% of the country’s sewage. (MLD = million litres a day)
  • 5,160 MLD
    Volume of sewage treated per day in the state; only 63% is treated.
  • 3,000 MLD
    of untreated sewage and industrial effluents are discharged into the state’s rivers, lakes, and other water bodies. According to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials, household waste is responsible for 95% of the river pollution; the rest is industrial pollution.
  • 27
    Number of municipal corporations in the state that are collectively generating 80% of Maharashtra’s sewage of which Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Jalgaon, Dhule, Parbhani, Latur, Beed, among others – don’t have any sewage treatment facilities and are not treating effluents at all
  • 75%
    Percentage of sewage water that is treated in Mumbai city according to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The city generates 2,671 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage daily of which only 2,016 MLD is treated at Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), the rest is poured into creeks and storm water drains – meant to carry only rain run-off.