Three cities from Andhra Pradesh have been awarded ‘Water Plus’ certification out of a total of nine cities across the country by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to have more than one ‘Water Plus’ city.
The certification was awarded under the Swachh Bharat Mission and Swachh Survekshan assessment.
“The certified municipal corporations are Tirupati Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, and Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC),” it said.
“As per the existing protocols prescribed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Water plus certification is the next step after receiving Open Defecation Free (ODF/ODF+ /ODF++) status.”
A Municipal Corporation can be certified as water plus provided the treatment and management of liquid waste from households, commercial establishment drains, sewers, etc. is carried out at a satisfactory level (as per CPCB norms), before releasing the treated wastewater to the environment.
And, adequate capacity of wastewater/sewage treatment facilities should be maintained along with cost recovery through reuse and recycling of treated wastewater, the Chief Minister’s Office said in the statement.