The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has started commercial sale of canned water [under the brand name “Metro Water”]. The Board will initially confine the sale to government offices and institutions.
The volume of each can is 20 litres and the water in it can be used for a month and a half. One can of Metro Water is retailed at Rs 40 [US$ 0.81]; private concerns sell it for Rs 50 [US$ 1]. “We are tapping only 10,000 litres of drinking water per day for Metro Water,” said Mr Kumar. “The canned water project will not in anyway affect the regular daily supply via pipelines to citizens. This is only an additional way to raise the Board’s revenues.”
The Water Board got its first order from Hyderabad District Election authorities for supply of 1,000 cans to the election material distribution centres. Though the Board had planned to foray into commercial market with sachets and one litre bottles in association with Vijaya Dairy, the project was delayed due to various reasons.
Source: Deccan Chronicle, 15 Apr 2009