Tata Steel Starts Water Treatment Plant at Manganese Mines in Joda
Tata Steel’s Ferro Alloys & Manganese Division has inaugurated a 400 kilolitres per day Water Treatment Plant at manganese mines at Bichakundi under Joda block of Keonjhar district of Odisha on 19 July 2021. Water Treatment Plant will treat water from the Suna River and will address the drinking water need of around 2800 people residing in Bichakundi including the employees of the company and people from the community in and around Bichakundi. The water treatment plant will produce potable water that meets all quality parameters set by World Health Organization.
Raw water is taken to the treatment plant from the river through intake pumps and pipelines and is stored in the reservoir. After chemical dosing of the raw water, the coagulation process activates post which, the first filtration is done through Pressure Sand Filter and Manganese Oxide Filter. The water then goes through the second filtration process involving Ultrafiltration to achieve turbidity of less than 1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units which meets the quality parameter set for drinking water. The wastewater generated during the filtration process will be collected in a pit and will be used for gardening purposes