Chandigarh city was recently awarded the first prize for water supply and waste water management and effective sewerage drainage system. The awards were given away at the Urban Mobility India, 2008, organised by the Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Urban Poverty of India.
The city, which has the highest per capita quantum of water produced in the country at 332 litres per capita per day, has 100% coverage with direct water supply connections 16 to 19 hours daily in urban sectors and 8 to 10 hours in colonies and villages. The city also has the distinction of having in place a concrete action plan to treat its sewage effluent as per the Central Water Pollution Control Board standards before its disposal into natural streams. About 59% of the waste water is treated for secondary treatment, while 14.25% of waste water is recycled and used for irrigation purposes in green belts and parks.