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Safe drinking water is grave problem across country: Sai

New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai on Friday said safe drinking water has been a grave problem for India, across the country where lack of usable water has resulted in decade old sanitation and health problems.
While inaugurating a cross-functional seminar among Ministries of Water & Sanitation, Housing & Urban Affairs and Steel, to deliberate over sustainable solutions in plugging nearly 40 per cent water leakages in water distribution systems, he said potable water gets contaminated due to corrosive water pipelines. Also, leakages through plastic water pipes lead to water loss in transmission. Conversely, Stainless Steel water pipes are corrosion free, strong, durable and recyclable.
As per the World Bank estimates, the total cost of non-revenue water worldwide is 14 billion dollarannually.
The seminar was organised by Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA), the apex body of stainless steel industry.
On this occasion, ISSDA released a compendium titled ‘Stainless Steel for Water Service Pipelines, Treatment and Storage 2017’.
Highlighting the problem of water leakage due to corroding pipelines, Aruna Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Steel expressed concern on the massive water loss and contamination due to corrosion in water pipelines.
“The loss in quality of water and subsequent losses due to contamination results in health issues. These aspects are to be considered when selecting a material for pipe lines,” she said.
Highlighting the losses to the economy and society, Vice Chairman, Jindal Stainless Abhyuday Jindal said, “We can contain the financial loss caused by contaminated water to Indian economy and society by using long term solutions. Approximately Rs.36,600 crore is the estimated loss to the economy and society which is almost seven times the size of Irrigation Fund Corpus as per Indian Budget 2017”.
Themed around the long term life cycle advantages of Stainless Steel in the water industry, the seminar witnessed successful case studies from around the world where stainless steel service pipelines have given tremendous benefits in terms of conserving potable water, improving its quality and reducing maintenance cost.
Adding his views on behalf of the industry, K K Pahuja, President, ISSDA said, ''ISSDA has been at the forefront for promoting Stainless Steel across various industries. We aim to highlight the engineering properties of Stainless Steel, making it the most preferred choice of material. Water and stainless steel are just made for each other.
''Stainless Steel provides cost effective solution to water management, after factoring in high economic and social cost water loss,'' he added.
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