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KUKL to supply additional 6m liters water in Valley Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 February 2012
 By: Arjun Poudel

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is preparing to supply six million liters of additional water every day within a month to alleviate drinking water scarcity in the capital. But the Valley folks will still not see much change in the schedule of distribution. KUKL supplies water every fourth or fifth day for an hour and the supply comes down to once a week during the dry season.

KUKL, however, hopes that this additional supply will ease the shortage to some extent during the dry season. KUKL says six deep tube wells, which were already installed, are being brought into operation. Each tube well has the capacity to pump one million liters of water per day. The deep tube wells are located at Shital Niwas (presidential residence), prime minister residence at Baluwatar, ministers quarters at Pulchowk, Singha Durbar, Satdobato (Lalitpur) and at Sankha Park (Maharajgunj). The office says that water pumped from those wells will be joined to supply mains.
“Currently the water produced from deep tube wells is safe for drinking. If we find anything wrong, we will build treatment plant in those areas to process the water,” KUKL Chairman Prayag Lal Joshi said.
With the start of the dry season, existing sources of water start to shrink every day. Production of water from Balaju, Sundharijal, Shivapuri and Bishnumati shrink during the dry season.
According to Suresh Acharya, KUKL spokesperson, demand of water in the Valley is 330 million liters per day but production drops to 85 million during dry season. Acharya said that above 40 percent water is lost to leakage. Acharya said the office will start to process water from Nakhhu Khola. Likewise, the office says that it will work to stop the leakage by improving the supply system. The government has provided Rs 10.2 million in financial assistance to the KUKL. Acharya also said that the KUKL will install additional tanks at various places for the public. Through 25 water tanks, the KUKL has been distributing water in the areas without water mains.
 The Project Implementation Directorate (PID) under KUKL is also working to install additional 15 deep tube wells at different locations in the capital. “Each tube well will have the capacity to pump one million liters per day. Production will start within a year,” Hari Dhakal, executive director of Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board, said. He said the 15 deep tube wells will be installed in Bode and Katunje of Bhaktapur, and Bahiti, Boharatar, Dhapasi, Dhumbarahi and other places. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided financial assistance to PID for responding immediate water crisis of the capital. Dhakal said that PID is working to replace wrecked pipeline at Kusunti of Lalitpur, and Buddhanagar and Kalopul of Kathmandu. Most of the supply mains in the Kathmandu Valley were installed during the Rana regime over 70 years ago.

Source: Republica, February 1, 2012

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