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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, March 23, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-03-23 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 148, March 23, 2009

Dear Readers,

The water demand of Valley is estimated to be about 270 million litres of water daily but the supply meets less than one third of the demand. In this worsening scarcity of water in the Kathmandu Valley the water authority has blamed dry water sources and electricity load shedding as the cause of decline in water production. The much talked about Melamchi Water Supply Project is far from being complete. Many people in Kathmandu are demanding to explore small and alternative water sources near the Valley to meet the immediate water scarcity.
The concerned water authority needs to think about it seriously.


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KATHMANDU VALLEY

World Water Day amid water scarcity
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

By: Laxmi Prasad Khatiwada

Kathmandu: Drinking water shortage of the Kathmandu valley is at the top when we are celebrating the World Water Day. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) stated that it has not been able to meet even half the water demand at present due to drying water sources and increasing demand. Kathmandu valley needs about 270 million litres of water daily but the company is supplying about 100 million litres of water daily.

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World Water Day
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Kathmandu: The World Water Day is to be observed in Nepal this year with the theme “Shared Water - Shared Opportunities”. The World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 every yeat. A week-long programme has been prepared for celebration of the day in Nepal.

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Interaction on drinking water and sanitation
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Madhyapur Thimi: Lyayamha Pucha Thimi organized a city level public interaction programme on March 21 to discuss about problems of water and sanitation in Madhyapur Thimi municipality. Speaking at the programme, former mayor of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality Madan Krishna Shrestha demanded to close the sand mining industry operated in the Manohara River as it is affecting the Bode Water Treatment Centre.

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Kathmandu Valley in fear of subsidence
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

By: Tubal Sapkota
 
Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley is in fear of subsidence as the underground water level is degreasing due to over extraction of groundwater in the Valley. Dr. Jaya Kumar Gurung, who has been investigating in underground water sector for long time said, “Underground water is a bank. People are only taking out water from the bank but are not adding water in the ground."

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Arsenic detected in Kathmandu water
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Kathmandu: Arsenic, which is a major problem in water of tube wells and dug wells of Terai, has been detected in underground water in Kathmandu Valley. According to water sample tests conducted by Water Engineering and Training Centre, arsenic has been detected in some water samples extracted from the deep bore wells in different places of the Kathmandu valley including Kuleshwor, Kalimati, Thapathali, Balkumari and Pulchowk.

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Stress on the conservation of water and nature
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Kathmandu: Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah called to address the issue of water management in the new constitution. He also drew attention towards adverse impacts of climate change in Nepal. Speaking at a programme on ‘Addressing climate change and water management issue in the new constitution of Nepal’ organized by National Trust for Nature Conservation to mark the National Water Week 2009, minister Shah stressed on the conservation of water and nature.

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Explore possibilities to manage garbage
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: The participants of a workshop on solid waste management organized in Kathmandu have discussed about utilizing solid waste for its management. The CEOs of all 58 municipalities in the country were present in the workshop jointly organized by Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilization Centre and UN HABITAT.

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Suggestion to explore alternative drinking water sources
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: A team of Lalitpur Citizens Campaign had an interaction with the locals of Melamchi to know their prospect towards the Melamchi Water Supply Project during an exposure visit. The Melamchi locals blamed bureaucracy for unnecessary delay and increased cost of the project. They also realized the lack of direct dialogue between the Melamchi folks and Kathmanduites.

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Dug-well excavated
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Bhaktapur: The residents of Khauma Dhwanani Tole of Bhaktapur have excavated a historic dug-well in an effort to relieve the acute shortage of drinking water in the area. A local Rajan Jati told that the locals joined hands to excavate the buried dug-well after there had been no piped water supply since last year.

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Govt to declare conservation areas: Minister
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Kathmandu: Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Kiran Gurung said that the government was working out plans to declare several places across the nation as conservation areas. According to the plan, Tinjure-Milke-Jaljale of the Koshi zone, Chandragiri of Bagmati, Fewa Lake in Kaski, the entire east-west Chure stretch, Gauri Shankar and Rolwaling, among others, will be declared as conservation areas.

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National water week begins
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Kathmandu: National Water Week 2009 begins with the theme – Water, Climate and Our Life: Merging Interests, Creating Synergies. Chairperson of Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang inaugurated the National Water Week in midst of a ceremony on March 18.

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Seminar on effective waste management
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Kathmandu: A seminar of CEOs from 58 municipalities started in Kathmandu to discuss about effective management of waste. The two-day workshop aims to managing the waste generated in municipalities, seeking the long-term strategy of managing garbage and minimizing the green house gas emission from waste so as to generate the revenue from the waste, according to the organizers.

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Can New Nepal be made without water?
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

ImageBy: Arjun Poudyal

Kathmandu: Bimala Kapali of Chamati has not taken bathe since past one month. Bimala told that there is no water supply from the tap and the water she gets once in 10 days from KUKL tanker supply service is not enough even for cooking food and drinking purposes. "We do not get tanker supply easily. We get water supply in 10 to 12 days after delegations to the KUKL."

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Warning of strong water protests
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: Constituent Assembly member Nabindra Raj Joshi has asked the government to address his 20-point demands to ensure regular water supply in the Kathmandu Valley in a mass meeting at Basantapur on March 17. In his list of demands CA member Joshi has suggested the government to make necessary tanker supply, distribute water using local consumers committee.

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Meet our demands, say Melamchi locals
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

ImageKathmandu: The residents of Melamchi and the vicinity areas have warned of obstructing construction of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) if it failed to address their demands. Their demands include creating employment opportunities for them, supplying enough water to the areas, among others. "As we are totally depended for running our occupations like fishery, farming and water mills on the river water, we have to get sufficient water," Siddhi Narayan Shrestha, a local resident, said.

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Government urged to ensure regular water supply
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

ImageKathmandu: Protesters gathered at Basantapur Durbar Square today issued a two-week ultimatum to the government to ensure regular water supply in the capital. Addressing the meet, CA member elected from the area, Nabindra Raj Joshi, said the government had been negligent towards addressing the needs of the people. The lawmaker accused the government of doing nothing except collecting taxes.

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Valley folks take water war to streets
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

ImageKathmandu: Denizens of Kathmandu Valley and civil society members on March 17 hit the streets demanding regular water and electricity supply. Protesters threatened to launch stringent protests if their demands went unheard. Protesters said that extended power outage and irregular supply of drinking water have taken toll on their lives.

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Campaign against the use of polythene bags
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Lalitpur: The Resource Centre for Primary Health Care in coordination with Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City and Luzza Nepal started a 15-day campaign of discouraging use of polythene bags in the municipality. An awareness rally from Lagankhel chowk to Kupandole was organized on the first day of the campaign. The rally participants replaced polythene bags with jute bags in more than 50 groceries and supermarkets on the way.

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NATIONAL
Water costlier than milk
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Paanchkhal: Paanchkhal folks cook food in a same vessel for a week without washing it. It is not because they like it that way but due to water shortage. "Water has become costlier than milk," said Rajendra Sapkota, a local of Paanchkhal, adding, "Around 400 households of Bhamarkot are reeling under acute drinking water shortage."

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Biratnagar metropolis staffs launch agitation
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Monday, 06 April 2009

Biratnagar: Staffers of Biratnagar sub-metropolis launched an agitation putting forth their seven-point charter of demands. The demands include permanent appointment to temporary staff, equal opportunity for all and transport fare for the staffers.

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Rs. 70 million sanctioned to solve drinking water problem of Pokhara
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

By: Dhan Basnet

Pokhara: The government of Nepal has sanctioned Rs. 70 million to complete a drinking water project initiated two years ago for improving water supply line in Pokhara. The project was in limbo due to lack of sufficient budget. Similarly, JICA has provided DI pipes worth Rs. 10 million for the project.

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World Bank representatives observe drinking water project
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

Dhulikhel: A 29-member team comprising the representatives of World Bank and Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Fund Development Committee made an observation tour of the Nigalekhola Kaldhar Drinking Water Project in Kavre district on March 20.

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Drinking water project not complete yet
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

By: Santosh Thapa

Parbat: A drinking water project started four years ago with an objective to supply drinking water for 24 hours a day in Kusma, district headquarters of Parbat, within 18 months is still incomplete. The consumers are angry with the contractor company as it did not complete the project in time as agreed in the contract.

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Obstruction in garbage disposal
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Pokhara: The locals of Bachhebaduwa obstructed disposal of garbage collected from the Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City from March 17 alleging non implementation of their agreement with the municipality. Garbage is left uncollected in Pokhara since the past three days. Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City has been disposing 40 trips of garbage in the landfill site at Bachhebaduwa every day.

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Drinking water problem since two decades
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Salyan: Residents of Syanikhal VDC have been deprived of drinking water for the past two decades after some villagers demolished the pipelines and reservoir of a drinking water project completed by the District Drinking Water and Sanitation Sub-Division Office in 2040 B.S. The water oppressed villagers demolished pipelines and reservoir after some villagers started to draw water by breaking buried pipelines.

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Water sources dried up
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Mangalbare (Ilam): Water sources started to drying up due to long period without rainfall. The long drought dried up water sources causing water shortage in the area.

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Water shortage hits Ilam bazaar hard
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Ilam: Locals of Ilam bazaar, the district headquarters of Ilam, have been facing acute water crisis after pipes of Gitang Drinking Water Project were snapped recently. The Ilam municipality office today said it would be able to supply water once in every 36 hours until the pipes were repaired.

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Frogs married off to appease ‘rain god’
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Dolakha: Residents of Gairi village in Jugu VDC ward-4 in the district performed a unique marriage of frogs to appease “rain gods” to end the spectre of drought on Monday. The marriage ceremony, which was conducted as per the Hindu rituals at local Negeshwori Kalikasthan Temple, was attended by hundreds of locals. 

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Drinking water project in memory of sons
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Dhankuta: An elderly Bir Bahadur Yungsahang of Samyaha of Basantatar VDC-1 has constructed a drinking water project at an investment of Rs. 1,25,000 in memory of his late sons who died in the same year.

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Forest fire causes water shortage
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Pokhara: Fire that broke out in Bhalam forest has injured a person and burned down drinking water pipelines resulting water shortage in the area. Dambar Bahaur Gurung was injured while trying to put out the fire. He is undergoing treatment at the Manipal Teaching Hospital.

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Diarrhoea under control
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Myagdi: Diarrhoea that has been raging in Chimkhola VDC for the past two weeks has come under control after a team of health workers provided treatment to the diarrhoea patients. The team of three health workers sent by the District Hospital treated the diarrhoea patients from all nine wards of Chimkhola VDC and neighboring Kuinemangale VDC.

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Drinking water scarcity with the onset of dry season
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

Fidim: Ranigaun and Syabrumba VDC of Paanchthar are reeling under severe water shortage due to long drought. A housewife Phulmaya Thapa told that about 500 families of ward nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Syabrumba are compelled to wake up at 4 A.M. and walk for one and half hours to reach the Narkate cesspool for water. Or else they need to reach Bijuwapani and the Tamor River of Yashok VDC.

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INTERNATIONAL
‘Right to water’ at centre of world forum debate
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Istanbul: Ministerial-level talks on the world’s worsening problems of water scarcity, pollution and sanitation began here Friday amid discord over whether water should be considered a fundamental "right" or a "need." More than 100 ministers or their stand-ins from around the globe are meeting at the World Water Forum until Sunday, which is World Water Day.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Give us water
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Sunday, 05 April 2009

Drinking water problem is ballooning in the Kathmandu with the onset of dry season and long load shedding hours. Neither we get water from the taps for drinking purposes nor draw water from the dug well and collect it in the tank for other domestic purposes.

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ARTICLE
For effective water management
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Thursday, 09 April 2009

By: SP Dahal

We are observing this March 22 as the World Water Day as in the past. Though we regard Nepal as a rich country in terms of water resources, it has not been proved officially till date. Kathmandu valley is reeling under severe scarcity of water. Kathmandu Valley needs about 270 million litres of water daily but, not even one-third of the demand has been fulfilled. All the past government decisions to manage water supply in the Kathmandu Valley has not succeeded.

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