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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, March 16, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-03-16 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 147, March 16, 2009

Dear Readers,

The water stressed consumers of Kathmandu Valley are tired of demanding for water from the concerned water utility operators. In this context, the memorandum presented by a CA member represents the common voice of water consumers from Kathmandu. This brings hope to the consumers as their demands have now reached not only to the company but also the ministry.

Let's hope the concerned will implement immediate and long term relief programmes for the consumers after this.


NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation

KATHMANDU VALLEY

Half an hour's walk for water in Bhaktapur
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

By: Makar Shrestha

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur denizens are compelled to fetch water from stonespouts and distant sources after there has been no water supply to private connections for two months in Bhaktapur city and surrounding areas. Jayanti Khanal, a local from Dudhpati complained of dry tap since the last four months. She told that she is compelled to use a vehicle to reach Sallaghari for water.

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WESH programme
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Kathmandu: The Water, Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene programme has adopted integrated approaches to address issues related to water, sanitation, health and hygiene issues. The WESH programme has been implemented in the poorest urban areas such as Bharatpur municipality, Narayan Tole (Kathmandu) and Lubhu VDC (Lalitpur).

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Sanitation scene stinks: Govt
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

ImageKathmandu: A large portion of people in the country live without access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation, according to Ministry of Health (MoH). Speaking at a programme of WaterAid Nepal and UN-HABITAT, Coordinator of Health Sector Reform Unit at Ministry of Health, Baburam Marasini said that the status of basic sanitation in the country is very sad.

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Water crisis in Matatirtha area
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Kathmandu: The Matatirtha area, which is the source of water in Kathmandu Valley, has itself been facing water crisis these days, thanks to the dry season and excessive load-shedding hours. Secretary of Matatirtha VDC Hemraj Luitel told that the locals visit VDC office and express rage at water crisis in the area.

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Demand to state drinking water and sanitation as a basic right in the new constitution
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Kathmandu: The Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users' Nepal (FEDWASUN) has demanded to state drinking water and sanitation as a basic right in the new constitution. Issuing 7-points Kathmandu declaration in its second national convention, FEDWASUN has put forth that demand. The FEDWASUN has stated that citizen's basic right will be violated if government does not show concern to water and sanitation.

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Compost plant in a state of closure
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

By: Ishwor Kaji Khaiju

Bhaktapur: The compost plant being used by the Bhaktapur municipality to produce compost fertilizer from the organic waste collected from the city is in the state of closure. Out of the 58 municipalities in the country, only Bhaktapur municipality has a compost plant but that also in a state of closure due to lack of manpower.

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Thirsty Kathmanduites
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

By: Krishna Kisi

Kathmandu: The Kathmanduites are facing drinking water problem due to decrease in water production with the onset of dry season. Kathmandu valley needs about 270 million litres of water daily but Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited is supplying about 100 million litres of water daily. It has not rained in the Valley for the past six months.

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Sanitation campaign of Sangini Cooperative
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Kathmandu: ‘Sangini Mahila Bachat and Rin Sahakari Sanstha’ Gathhaghar-15, Bhaktapur has launched community sanitation campaign on March 8 with the theme ‘Hamro Ghar Hamro Sahar, Safa Rakhne Hamro Rahar’ (Let’s keep our home and city clean). The cooperative established in 2062 B.S. has been organizing public awareness programme since its establishment.

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CA member airs water woes
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Kathmandu: Concerned over the perennial shortage of drinking water, Constituent Assembly member Nabindra Raj Joshi has called on the government to take immediate measures to solve the water problem in the Kathmandu Valley. “Why the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has remained apathetic to the problem?” Joshi told journalists here on March 8.

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Sit-in for drinking water
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bhaktapur: Women of Bhaktapur have staged a sit-in in Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited on March 8, 2009 demanding for adequate water supply with ease. They staged sit-in in KUKL Bhaktapur branch with empty water vessels. Many women participated in the sit-in programme called by Nepal Revolutionary Women Association Bhaktapur District Committee affiliated to Nepal Workers' and Peasants’ Party.

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NATIONAL
Over 300 fallen ill from diarrhoea
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Myagdi: Diarrhoea that spread in Chimkhola VDC of Myagdi district since past two weeks has not come under control yet. The disease has spread to neighboring VDC Kuinemangale too. A local Padam Chantyal told that around two dozen locals of ward nos. 5, 7 and 9 of Kuinemangale have fallen ill due to diarrhoea.

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Drinking water in Yampafhat
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Tanahun: District Governor Elect of Rotary Club Ratna Man Shakya has inaugurated a drinking water tank of Yampafhat Drinking Water Consumers Committee of Bandipur-8 recently. Rotary Club of Japan District 2680 had contributed Rs. 1,20,000, Village Development Committee Rs. 50,000, locals Rs. 56,200 and Constituent Assembly member Jhakku Prasad Subedi Rs. 25,000 to construct the tank.

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Students happy after construction of toilets
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

By: Keshav Adhikari

Dhading: Sunita Karki of Karkidanda of Bhumesthan VDC is happy after construction of toilet in her school. “The villagers have initiated to construct toilet in my school,” said Sunita, adding, “Earlier, when there was no toilet in the school, we had to worry for going to toilet during the school time.”

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Water crisis hits Dadeldhura
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Dadeldhura: The district headquarters of Dadeldhura and its adjoining areas are facing the shortage of drinking water for the past few days. The scarcity of drinking water was surfaced after the Khalanga Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers’ Committee, the solo committee for supplying drinking water here, begun low supply, said the locals. Due to this, the locals are forced to drink contaminated water from the far-fledge rivers.

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Water supply cut off in Urlabari
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Urlabari: Twenty thousand people from Urlabari of Morang district have been badly affected after the supply of drinking water was cut off for three days. After the disruption of water supply managed by Community Water Supply Consumers and Sanitation Committee, Urlabari, the concerned locals have been seeking alternatve.

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Let we do not have to obstruct garbage disposal
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Chatredeurali: Locals of Chatredeurali of Dhading, Okharpauwa affected area, have urged the government not to create the situation of obstructing garbage disposal in the landfill site again. The locals of Simkhada village adjoining the Okharpauwa landfill site have demanded the government to fulfill its commitments of development infrastructures in the area.”

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Drinking water shortage in Pokhara
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Monday, 23 March 2009

By: Rishi Baral

Pokhara: Pokhrelis are facing acute shortage of drinking water after water sources started to dry up with the onset of dry season. Consumers of all the wards in the sub-metropolis have the same complain of water shortage. However, chief of Nepal Water Supply Corporation Pokhara branch Uddhav Prasad Upadhyaya denies that water shortage is only in some wards.

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Wastewater treatment plant ineffective
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Hetauda: The wastewater treatment plant constructed in Hetauda Industrial Area for the first time in Nepal has become ineffective. Though the plant was constructed to treat the wastewater produced from the industries in the industrial area, only half the industries in the industrial area are connected with the treatment plant.

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Drinking water project incomplete
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Hetauda: A drinking water project of Hetauda municipality is not likely to be completed in stipulated time. The project has to be completed within next three months but only 38 percent of the project work is complete till date. Mahendra Shrestha of Construction Company blamed change in the design after contract and late payment for the delay in project.

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Tirtha village declared open defecation free zone
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Gammadi: Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Investigation Centre Mugu has declared Tirtha village of Roga VDC the first open defecation free zone in the district. The centre has provided drinking water and constructed toilets in all the 120 households in the village under the drinking water and sanitation programme.

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INTERNATIONAL
No toilet, No bride
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Suresh Devi, 52, a resident of Shahar Malpur village near Panipat, about 100 km from New Delhi, had been forced to defecate in the open till not so long ago, as there was no toilet in her home. But when her daughter got married, she made sure the bride had a toilet in her new home.

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Increasing global population adding to water crisis, warns new UN report
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Paris: United Nations report released on Thursday warned that surging population growth, climate change, reckless irrigation and chronic waste are placing the world's water supplies at threat. According to the report compiled by 24 UN agencies, the 348-page document gave a grim assessment of the state of the planet's freshwater, especially in developing countries, and described the outlook for coming generations as deeply worrying.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Water stressed city
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Though the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani has stated that there will be water supply for two times a week but there is no water supply. Instead, air gushes out of the tap. If there is water supply, it remains for 5-10 minutes. That water is also contaminated. The consumers are depressed with this problem. Is water shortage, unemployment, load shedding, pollution, burglary etc the New Nepal?

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Water shortage
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Monday, 23 March 2009

The people of Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal are more troubled by the acute shortage of drinking water than the long power outages. A recent footage on a TV channel showed how the residents of Bhaktapur were roaming the city for a vessel of water after all the taps suddenly went dry two months ago. What irks the people here is that the government is showing absolutely no concern.

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ARTICLE
Washing the face in Kathmandu
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

ImageTap water has been limited to small water vessels after minister Hisila Yami handed over the management of drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley to KUKL a company that sounds like kakakul by name itself. The company had publicized different tariff rates for the consumers consuming a minimum of 10,000 litres and 30,000 litres in a month. This made me learn that we will have 10,000 litres water flowing from all the connections in the Kathmandu Valley.

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