Tata Steel Bara Tertiary Treatment Plant wins ‘Industrial Water Project of the Year 2019’ Award

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Jamshedpur: Tata Steel Bara Tertiary Treatment Plant has won the prestigious ‘Industrial Water Project of the Year 2019’ Award by the Global Water Intelligence (GWI). Dr. Mireille Rack, Life Cycle Assessment Specialist from Tata Steel Europe received the award on behalf of Tata Steel at an event held at Natural History Museum, London on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The treatment plant project has been selected as the award winner for 2019 from amongst four international projects including one each from China and Malaysia and one more from India.

Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel, said, “The success of the Bara project is a great example of how industrial units and civic utilities can work together for the greater good that ensures long-term sustainability of all the stakeholders. Tata Steel and JUSCO are proud of the fact that the benefits of this project will be shared by other industrial units in Jamshedpur as well.  We thank the Global Water Intelligence, the esteemed members of the jury and the voters from different countries for selecting this project among other international projects of similar significance.”

The 30,000 cubic meters a day (m3/d) tertiary-level treatment plant commissioned in 2018 has resulted in a 16% cut in the intake of fresh water from the Subarnarekha River. The award-winning tertiary-level treatment plant was built to reclaim effluent from the Bara wastewater treatment plant in Jamshedpur for reuse by Tata Steel. The plant, implemented by Tata Steel’s civil utility wing JUSCO (Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company), will benefit Tata Steel and the adjoining industries in Jamshedpur.

The Ultra-Filtration treatment plant is part of Tata Steel’s ambition to make Jamshedpur the first zero liquid discharge city in India. Since the completion of the facility, the entire city’s collected sewage effluent, from both domestic and industrial sources, is gathered and reused by the city’s extensive industrial complex.

To improve city’s rate of collection of untreated industrial and domestic waste, JUSCO laid a 500-km sewer pipeline and built ten automated sewage pumping stations and control centres, thus transforming the sewerage service coverage for the city.

Tata Steel is committed to play a leading role in the conservation of water and significantly reduce its impact on water. The Jamshedpur plant has doubled its annual capacity over the last 10 years from 5 MnT to 10 MnT (million tons). Tata Steel is committed to reducing its freshwater consumption by 50%.

Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence, the awards recognises the most important achievements in the international water industry under several categories, and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption, and sustainable financial models. Nominations for the Global Water Awards are shortlisted by a panel of industry experts, and the winners voted for by Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report subscribers, reflecting the views of the international water community.

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