Puri has become the first city in India to achieve 24 x 7 safe drinking water from taps, as per Indian Quality Standards of IS 10500 from July 26, 2021.
It is an initiative of the Odisha government’s ‘Sujal’ or ‘Drink from Tap’ mission, spearheaded by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
The transformative initiative will now benefit the city’s 2.5 lakh local population and 2 crore tourists who visit the holy city annually. Provision of safe drinking water will further help prevent the usage of 3 crore plastic bottles annually eliminating 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste, further reducing the state’s carbon footprint.
The state-of-the-art technology, which allows people to drink directly from the tap, has become a reality in India for the first time.
Puri now has 100 per cent metered household water connections with safe drinking water round-the-clock joining the league of global cities like London, Singapore and New York.
The water quality surveillance has been strengthened with state-of-the-art laboratories, labs on wheels, chlorine analysers with automatic chlorine dozers, water quality sensors, and doorstep quality surveillance.
This Smart Water Management Technology implemented in the state to monitor uninterrupted and quality water supply across Puri has also won national level recognitions- the Award of Excellence at the second National Water and Sanitation Innovation Summit, and the Award of Excellence at the 18th CSI SIG e-Governance Awards.