Nemmeli plant: The desalination dilemma
The Nemmeli plant brought relief to a parched Chennai, but the high costs of the solution put a question mark over its viability elsewhere
Chennai: One day in April, Shyamala Sitaraman, a resident of Chennai’s Valmiki Nagar, discovered that her underground tank was overflowing. Sumps are an essential part of life in the water-starved Tamil Nadu capital—the taps are left open to collect the thin trickle supplied by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board but the tanks never fill up.
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