Question raised in Lok Sabha on community drinking water purification plant, 12/03/2020
Rural water supply is a State subject. Government of India supplements the efforts of States/ UTs by providing financial and technical assistance through the centrally sponsored scheme Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)which aims at providing potable water to every rural household with Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) at service level of 55 litre per capita per day (lpcd) by 2024.While allocating the fund under JJM to States/ UTs, 10% weightage has been given to the population residing in habitations affected by chemical contaminants including Arsenic and Iron. States have also been advised to ensure potable water in quality affected habitations especially with Arsenic and Fluoride contaminants on priority while implementing schemes under the JJM. As planning and implementation of piped water supply scheme based on a safe water source will take time, as a purely interim measure, installation of Community Water Purification Plants (CWPPs) may be taken up to provide 8-10 lpcd potable water to meet drinking and cooking need of every household residing in such villages/ habitations.