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Monday, 04 May 2009

ImageKathmandu: Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) and Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)/Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec), Switzerland organized a dissemination workshop on SODIS sustainability study in Nepal on April 22, 2009. Speaking at the workshop, executive director of ENPHO Bhushan Tuladhar informed that most of the nepalis are using water of different water sources due to lack of drinking water.

He suggested using safe drinking water to be safe from diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases. Informing that SODIS is used in about 31 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa by more than 2 million users at present, Regula Meierhofer, representative of Eawag/Sandec told that SODIS technology has been established as an effective technology in the international level at present. Biju Dangol, project coordinator at ENPHO described about the institutionalization of SODIS technology in Nepal. She told that ENPHO started research and piloting of SODIS technology in different areas of Nepal in 2001 and the technology is being used widely in rural and urban areas at present. She informed that different trainings and orientations conducted in community and school level have supported to promote the technology. ImageShe added that ENPHO has produced new SODIS branded bottles and distributed in different communities to make the technology easy. Dr. Andrea Tamas of Eawag/Sandec presented the preliminary results of the SODIS sustainability study in Nepal. According to the study, 80 percent people in the Kathmandu Valley consume untreated water. SODIS is a simple, cheap and effective method of disinfecting water using only sunlight and plastic PET bottles.

Source: Rajdhani; Annapurna Post, April 23, 2009

 
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