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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, March 30, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-03-30 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 149, March 30, 2009

Dear Readers,

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation had been repeatedly reminding the KUKL management to address several water problems faced by consumers in the Kathmandu Valley. However, the foreign expert management team only turned deaf ear to consumer concerns and complains. The unresponsive KUKL management team failed to carry out any programmes to relieve the thirsty consumers of the Valley.

Recently, the KUKL Board has relieved the General Manager Richard Austin and Financial Manager Kelvyn Palmar from their duties for inefficiency. They were appointed to manage the company for a term of 18 months but were laid off after 10 months of service. The board has appointed a Nepali managing director in the company. We hope that the new management will respond to the difficulties of consumers and give them relief with some immediate and short term programmes.

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation

KATHMANDU VALLEY

ADB sacks KUKL managers: Rs 6 million relief package in the offing
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 March 2009

By: Mohan Guragain/Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kathmandu: Asian Development Bank, major donor of the Melamchi Project, has sacked General Manager Richard Austin and Financial Manager Kelvyn Palmer of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, the utility responsible for distributing drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley.

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People queue up in water tank after the taps ran dry
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

By: Padam Raj Joshi

Kathmandu: Wife of under secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative Dhirendra Karki said to him after he returned from his office, “There is not a single drop of water in the kitchen. So there is a strike in the kitchen today.” After hearing his wife, Karki got confused on how to arrange water but soon he found out a solution to end the kitchen strike by bringing water from a water tank at Baidhyakhana, Singha Durbar.

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Minister holds out clean Bagmati hope
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Friday, 10 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah said on March 28 that he would take up the Bagmati clean- up campaign with full gusto until fresh water flows in the river. At a programme organised to wrap up the week-long water campaign, Minister Shah — who is also an acclaimed water expert — went down to the stinking Bagmati River by himself and got involved for about one hour cleaning up the filth in the river- turned- sewer. 

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Water supply vital for tourism: Yami
Posted by Administrator   
Friday, 10 April 2009

Kathmandu: Tourism Minister Hisila Yami today said overall drinking water supply situation needs to improve to make Nepal Tourism Year 2011 a success. Speaking at the first general convention of the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited chapter of Nepal National Employees’ Federation, Yami said that it would be impossible to host one million tourists if drinking water could not be supplied in plenty.

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Bottlers Nepal mark World Water Day
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: Bottlers Nepal has organized a special programme on the occasion of World Water day. Students of different five municipalities including Lalitpur, Hetauda, Bharatpur, Butwal and Nepalgunj participated in the programme in Bharatpur of Chitwan with a message ‘Water Walk-Water Talk’.

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Rally on World Water Day
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Bhaktapur: Lyayamha Pucha Thimi organized an awareness rally on March 26 to mark World Water Day. The rally that started from Bahakha Bazaar of Madhyapur Thimi went around Chapacho, Balkumari and ended in Sankhadhar Chowk.

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Annapurna correspondent felicitated
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Bhaktapur: Annapurna correspondent Krishna Kisi has been felicitated on March 26 for best new coverage on water and sanitation.

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Budget for Bagmati to be freezed
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

By: Subash Gotame

Kathmandu: Rs. 300 million allocated for cleaning the Bagmati River is lying unutilized due to lack of any planning and programme for cleaning the river. The government has allocated Rs. 300 million in the current fiscal year for Bagmati Cleaning campaign.

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Call to end water crisis
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: Constituent Assembly member Nabindra Raj Joshi has threatened to launch “a civil movement” if the government failed to address the drinking water problem in the Kathmandu valley by ‘April 1’.

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CA chairman’s call
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: CA chairman Subas Nembang called all political parties on Wednesday to work towards improvement in water supply and sanitation facilities. Addressing a solidarity assembly organized by End Water Povert Campaign, Nembang urged the parties for such commitment.

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Candle lighting for sanitation awareness
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: As a part of World Water Day celebration, the organizations affiliated to End Water Poverty (EWP) Campaign organized candle lighting in Bagwanpau, Swayambhu on March 25. Highlighting the objectives of the programme, Rabin Lal Shrestha, Research and Advocacy Manager at WaterAid Nepal told that candle lighting was organized to draw attention of the concerned agencies to bring improvement in water and sanitation activities and stop untimely death of the children caused by lack of safe drinking water and sanitation.

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Kathmandu Water Declaration released
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Kathmandu: ‘National Water Week-2065’ was concluded on March 23 releasing the 7-points Kathmandu Water Declaration 2009. The declaration has admitted that water is a gift of nature and it belongs to all living beings on earth and has ecological and economic value.

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Demand to establish drinking water as a constitutional right
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: In an interaction programme organized here in the capital on March 24, representatives of concerned agencies have demanded to establish safe drinking water and sanitation as a constitutional right. United Nations had established drinking water and sanitation as a right in 2002. Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia have recognized drinking water and sanitation as a constitutional right.

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Locals of Thimi consuming untreated water
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Madhyapur Thimi: Around 80 percent people of Madhyapur Thimi area drink water without using household water disinfection techniques. The startling revelation was made by a study conducted by Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited Bode Drinking Water Treatment Center in Madhyapur Thimi municipality recently, which said that about 80 percent (400 households) drink water without treatment.

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Protest rally against load shedding and price hike
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: Communist Party of Nepal Kathmandu District Committee organised a protest rally against load shedding, water shortage and price hike of consumer items. The protest rally started from Bhotahiti went around Ason, Indrachowk, New Road, Ratnapark and changed into a mass gathering after reaching Bhotahiti.

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Korean firm finds power prospect in Valley’s waste
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

By: Mudita Bajracharya

Kathmandu: A visiting Korean team is keen to generate electricity from the municipal solid waste in Kathmandu. A pre-feasibility study carried out by Shinu — a city planning and renewable energy consulting group of Korea, revealed that approximately 1.6 to 2 MW of power can be generated daily from 900 to 1,150 tonnes of organic waste and 11.2 to 20 MW from 250 to 300 tonnes of flammable non-organic waste generated daily in Kathmandu.

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Plans afoot for 24 hour water
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Pokhara: Nepal Water Supply Corporation is working on a drinking water supply project to ensure 24-hour water supply to Pokhara residents within a year. Though the project was initiated nearly two years ago with the financial help of donors to improve the drinking water supply line, it was in limbo due to the lack of sufficient budget.

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Safe water, clean air should be stated in the constitution
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah stressed that safe drinking water and clean air should be stated as a basic right of the people in the new constitution. Inaugurating the ‘World Water Day’ and ‘World Meteorological Day’ organized by the National Water Week Organising Committee in the Capital by releasing balloons in the air, Minister Shah told that all the people should be committed to keep the water source, river and pond clean as they have deep relation with Nepali culture and tradition.

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KUKL promises better water supply
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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), the utility responsible for distributing drinking water in the Valley, is set to adopt emergency measures to address the aggravating water supply situation. Speaking at an interaction among stakeholders here today, Minister for Physical Planning and Works Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar said the Valley denizens would soon see an improved supply of drinking water.

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Action plan in offing to tackle water shortage
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Kathmandu: Minister for Physical Planning and Works Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar said that the government would launch a concrete action plan soon to mitigate the acute water scarcity in the capital. "If the plan receives support from the concerned, it will considerably help us solve water crisis," he said, stating that the government was well informed about Kathmandu valley’s water shortage.

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Pollution tax to be used in Bagmati cleaning
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Kathmandu: Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah told that the government will invest some of the collected pollution tax in cleaning the Bagmati River for the first time in the country. Inaugurating the week-long Bagmati River Cleaning Campaign organized by UN Park Development Committee on the occasion of World Water Day, Minister Shah told that Bagmati will not be cleaned by speeches or cleaning it for some days. "All the people should contribute from their side to clean it," he added.

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Kirtipur folks do not get to drink water
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Kirtipur: Residents of Kirtipur have complained that the local political leadership has not responded to solve the existing drinking water problem in their area. They have stated that the concerned agency and leaders have not worked for alternative management of drinking water even though there is acute shortage of drinking water in all the 19 wards of Kirtipur municipality.

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Chinese company to complete Melamchi tunnel within 30 months
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 12 April 2009

Kathmandu: China Railway 15 Bureau Group Corporation and China CMIIC Engineering Corporation have committed to construct the 26.5 km long diversion tunnel of Melamchi Water Supply Project within next 30 months. They have presented a condition that there should not be social obstructions like bandhs and strikes during construction works. The Melamchi Water Supply Project is also preparing for security mechanism as a preparation of handling obstacles in the construction of the tunnel.

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Valley faces daily water shortfall of 250m litres
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 12 April 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu valley is coping with a daily water shortfall of 250 million litres. The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is supplying roughly 60 million litres of water every day. Water problem is increasing as the supply falls hugely short of the demand. Deputy General Manager of KUKL Gyanesh Nanda Bajracharya said, “Around 40 per cent of water is lost due to pipe leakage. We have not been able to meet the water demand.”

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Sand processing obstructs water production and distribution
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 12 April 2009

ImageMadhyapur Thimi: The Nilbarahi sand mining industry operated in the Manohara River is obstructing production and distribution of water at the Bode Water Treatment Centre, Thimi. In an interaction programme organized by Lyayamha Pucha with support of Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, the participants demanded to close down the illegal sand mining industry.

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Parched throats, dry taps mark World Water Day
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 06 April 2009

ImageBy: Mohan Guragain

Kathmandu: As the country celebrates 'drinking water week' on to mark World Water Day on March 22, many Kathmandu denizens are either flocking to water spouts, replenishing their storage tanks with tanker water, doing with little or no water at all, or adjusting their schedules to the odd-hour piped water or electricity supply timings. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, the utility responsible for the supply of potable water in the Valley, has stated that it is supplying water to over three-million population with its old infrastructure meant to cater to the needs of one million people. Obviously, the supply falls hugely short of the demand.

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Water crisis sparks protest
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 March 2009

Lalitpur: Lalitpur denizens facing water shortage have resorted to protests to pressure the department concerned to ensure regular water supply. Shakya Suren, Coordinator of Lalitpur Civic Campaign said that the drive was intended to draw the attention of authorities concerned to take immediate measures to relieve the locals from acute water shortage.

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NATIONAL
Drinking water problem
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Trishuli (Nuwakot): Forty households in Majhi village at Bidur municipality-8 of Nuwakot are compelled to drinking water from river due to lack of safe drinking water.

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Toilets are still a luxury for Majhi community
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Friday, 10 April 2009

By: Yubaraj Puri
 
Sindhupalchowk: Only two of nearly 150 households in a Majhi settlement at Sangachowk VDC-8 and 9 in the district have toilets in their homes. To add to it, the Majhi community was yet to realise the need for toilets. The Majhis say they have been going to nearby rivers and streams to answer nature’s call. However, they take their guests to one of the two toilets in their settlement.

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Dhankuta plastic free area
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Dhankuta: Local residents have declared Hile and Dhankuta bazaar the plastic free area from March 27. With a theme, “Protect environment, save earth”, a special campaign has been launched to declare both the places the plastic free area.

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Dalits compelled to drink filthy water
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Parbat: 80 households of dalits at Beulibas VDC-9 are compelled to drink filthy water of the rivulet as there is no any drinking water project in the VDC. Dalits demonstrated with empty ‘gagri’ (water vessel) and padlocked the VDC building demanding to arrange drinking water for them through a new drinking water project.

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Drinking water problem in Butwal
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Butwal: Locals of Butwal are facing acute shortage of drinking water as there is no water supply from the taps with the onset of dry season. Butwal needs about 16 million litres of water daily but the Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) Butwal Branch has not been able to meet the water demand.

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Public toilets in Butwal messed up
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Butwal: When most of the public toilets built some five years ago in the city of Butwal have been destroyed by some unknown people, hundreds of locals, passengers and pedestrians who have to pass through the city are forced to defecate in the open.

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Sindhuli water project future bleak
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Sindhulimadhi: The future of a drinking water project worth millions of rupees, run in Sindhulimadhi, the district headquarters of Sindhuli, has landed in uncertainty due to negligence. Failure to carry out the project works as per the technical estimate has led the Siddeshwor Drinking Water Project to lie in a sorry state.

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Water shortage hits Manthali
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Ramechhap: Manthali, the district headquarters of Ramechhap, is reeling under water shortage for the past four days due to load shedding. Manager at the Manthali Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers Committee told that the committee has not been able to produce and supply water due to electricity load shedding.

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Water supply halted in Ilam
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Ilam: Water supply has been halted in Ilam after pipes of Gitang Drinking Water Project were snapped recently. The locals are forced to rely on distant natural water sources as regular supply of water has been disrupted.

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Two VDCs declared open defecation free zone
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Achham: Two VDCs of Achham have been declared open defecation free zone. Bindhyabasini VDC has been declared an open defecation zone on March 22 and Devisthan VDC on March 23 in the initiation of Care Nepal and Sewak Nepal.

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Study paints grim water picture of Dadeldhura
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2009

By: DR Pant

Dadeldhura: Water sources in Dadeldhura district are drying up at an alarming rate due to increasing deforestation and climate change. Nearly 60 percent of the water sources in the district have run dry within the past 19 years, according to a recent study.

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Opposition to water tariff hike
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Ilam: Consumers have opposed to water tariff hike made by the Ilam municipality. Consumers said it is injustice to hike water tariff at the time of acute shortage of drinking water with dry taps. The Ilam municipality is charging a minimum tariff of Rs. 45 for water supply. Earlier, it used to charge only Rs. 25.

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Arsenic detected in drinking water in 5 VDCs
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Dang: Arsenic has been detected in drinking water in five VDCs of the district. Arsenic was detected in a survey conducted by District Drinking Water and Sanitation Division Office with support of UNICEF. In water sample tests conducted in two municipalities and 39 VDCs of the district, arsenic was found in 300 households of Gadawa, Gobardiha, Bela, Batbariya and Urhari VDCs. 

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NWSC: Pokhara will bathe in water soon
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Pokhara: If all goes as planned, the perennial shortage of potable water will be a thing of the past for denizens of Pokhara Sub-metropolis within a year. Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) aims to supply additional 25 million litres of water daily in a year's time.

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Biratnagar thirsty
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Biratnagar: Extended load-shedding hours and drought have caused shortage of water in Biratnagar Sub-metropolis. According to an estimate, the city’s daily water requirement stands at 10.5 million litres. “We can supply 6 million litres of water daily, thanks to the increasing load-shedding hours and drought,” said Chandreshwor Sah, chief at the NWSC Biratnagar.

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Agreement on the use of water source
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Pokhara: An agreement has been made to use the Mardikhola water source on March 21. The residents of Mardikhola had closed the water source putting forth 9-points demands. They allowed to use the water source after the chief of Nepal Water Supply Corporation Pokhara Branch Uddhav Upadhyaya expressed commitments to fulfill some demands by the corporation and initiate for fulfillment of the rest from concerned agency.

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Water shortage in Damak
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 12 April 2009

Damak: At the time when the whole world is celebrating World Water Day, Damak municipality is reeling under water shortage. “I have not taken a bath since past 7 days. I am ferrying water from a distant tube well to cook food,” said Babita Kadariya of Damak-11.

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Equitable distribution vital as water woe worsens
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 March 2009

Kavre: Discussion on the issue of equitable distribution and opportunity of water was challenging at a time when water scarcity hit the country hard, water experts said. They shed light on the importance of experience sharing to solve the problems and advance the development programmes.

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Ramgram has more arsenic in water
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 06 April 2009

Parasi: It has been stated the residents of ward nos. 8, 12 and 13 of Ramgram municipality of Nawalparasi district are drinking water containing more arsenic elements. High level of arsenic has been detected in Baikunthapur, Lohasana and Kunbar VDC of Ramgram municipality.

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INTERNATIONAL
Indian doctor wins Stockholm Water Prize
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

ImageStockholm: An Indian doctor who developed cheap toilets to improve sanitation in poor communities won the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, 65, will receive the US$150,000 cash award and a symbolic glass sculpture during a ceremony in Stockholm in August.

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World record in longest toilet queue
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 06 April 2009

ImageBrussels: A world record for the length of a toilet queue was set on March 22 when 756 people lined up for a latrine in central Brussels to raise awareness for the need for clean water on World Water Day. The event was organised by the United Nations’ Children’s Agency UNICEF, which gave each participant a wristband with his or her number in the line and T-shirt certifying participation in the event.

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World Forum pledges action on water
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Monday, 06 April 2009

Istanbul: A seven-day focus on the world’s water crunch wound up here on Sunday with a pledge by more than 100 countries to strive to provide clean water and proper sanitation for billions in need and shore up defences against drought and flood.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Shame
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

ImageApropos of the news “Parched throats, dry taps mark World Water Day” (THT, March 23), isn’t it ridiculous that the day was observed in the valley where there is a great scarcity of potable water? The KUKL is supplying water in a very haphazard manner. The rich people can replenish their tanks by buying water but it is a serious problem for the lower and middle class families as they have to live within their limited budget.

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Cleaning Bagmati
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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

It was surprising to see Minister for Science and Environment, Ganesh Shah, helping clean up Bagmati River on the occasion of World Water Day (March 23, Page 1). But such symbolic gestures alone will not solve the Bagmati problem.

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