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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, April 20, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-04-20 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 152, April 20, 2009

Dear Readers,

The consumers of the Kathmandu Valley have been repeatedly requesting the water authority to explore alternative water sources in the Valley itself than waiting for the Melamchi Project to solve the existing water shortage in the Valley. In response, the newly appointed managing director of KUKL has expressed many commitments and made public action plans and strategy to fulfill the daily water requirements of the valley denizens. Pre-Melamchi is one of the commitments made by the new MD. He further committed for one hour water supply in every household in Kathmandu Valley within next two years.
His commitments will give some hope to the water stressed consumers but the consumers desperately need water at the present times than waiting for two more years. The water authority should work for effective management of existing drinking water system, equitable distribution of water and control leakages and unaccounted for water. At the present time of water shortage, the water authority should guarantee at least that much water that a Kathmanduite need to live his/her life. 


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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Private sector step closer to managing Valley waste
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Local Development has finalized the draft of Waste Management Bill 2066 BS, which suggests integrated approaches among waste management authorities, allowing the private sector to dispose of garbage.

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Cleaning Bagmati
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Kathmandu: The Patanjali Yoga Samiti organized a cleaning campaign in the Bagmati River on April 18. Swami Balkrishna, a disciple of swami Ramdev, led the cleaning campaign.

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Rally for clean capital
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Kathmandu: The Lions Club and Leo Club of Balaju jointly organised a cycle rally with a slogan 'Save Energy, Make Environment Clean' to raise awareness on the increasing pollution in the Valley. Minister for Science and Technology Ganesh Shah inaugurated the awareness-generating rally amidst a function organized in the Basantapur Durbar Square.

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Consumers awarded
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Lalitpur: Two local consumers were rewarded for not using polythene bags under the campaign “Let’s Phase-out Polythene”. The campaign to stop the use of polythene bags is implemented through the collaboration of the Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City and Loosa Nepal, a local community organization. The campaign has been implemented at the initiation of the Primary Health Service Centre, Lalitpur.

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Boring water in Machhenarayan
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Kathmandu: Boring water is to be supplied in Machhenarayan VDC to meet the daily water requirements of all the residents in the VDC. Construction work of a tank has been started in ward no. 9 to supply water in all the wards of the VDC. There is still no piped water supply in other wards of the VDC except ward no. 8. Boring water is being supplied through five public taps in ward no. 8. 

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Why waste, when you can recycle?
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

ImageBy: Sharada Adhikari

Kathmandu: What is the value of keeping leftovers (food, paper, et cetera) in the house? Better throw everything away and get rid of the waste?” Saying this Sushma Thapa of Bijulibazar threw all her household waste on the side of the street and walked away. And many like Thapa (most of the people of the Valley) find waste useless and discard it without even a second thought.

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KMC to conduct survey on urban poor
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City is planning to update records on people living in the capital. It is also planning to conduct a survey on urban poverty and monitor NGOs working for the uplift of the disadvantaged groups. Narayan Kumar Malego, executive chief at the KMC said, "Earlier, poverty alleviation programmes targeted rural areas. This is the first time we are launching the programme to address urban poverty," he added.

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An hour's water supply daily in every house within two years
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

An interview with Rudra Gautam, Managing Director of KUKL

Interviewer: Ishwor Raj Dhakal

Ishwor Raj Dhakal: How can the drinking water problem in the Kathmandu Valley be solved in the dry season?

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KMC, donors join hands to manage waste
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has teamed up with foreign consultants to formulate a long-term strategy for solid waste management of the valley and improvement of the metropolis infrastructure. A five-member consultant team comprising members from Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), GTZ, Spanish government and KMC have been working together on the project since February, according to Devendra Dongol, chief of the Physical development and construction Department, KMC, and the team coordinator. 

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New channel found in Alokhiti stone-spout
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: A new channel of stone-spout has been found in the Alokhiti premises in Lalitpur. The locals discovered the channel while digging for the repair of stone-spout. President of Alokhiti Conservation Committee Sushil Shrestha told that the committee is searching for the stone-spout after the channel was discovered.

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NATIONAL
Overnight queue for water
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Lamjung: Residents of Tarku VDC of Lamjung are compelled to queue up in the cesspool for whole night to fetch water. Residents of ward nos. 1 and 6 of Tarku have been facing drinking water problem for the past many years. Though drinking water was brought from Nalma, the locals have not got respite from drinking water problem.

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Sustainable drinking water project explored
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Dang: The residents of Lamahi village are exploring for a sustainable drinking water project to solve the existing drinking water problem in the village. President of Lamahi Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers’ Committee Bim Bahadur K.C. told that Lamahi is reeling under acute drinking water shortage.

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Drinking water problem
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Syangja: Drinking water problem has increased in rural and urban area of Syangja district as there has been no water supply from the taps. Waling municipality, centre of Syangja, is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. The Waling folks have demanded to complete Lalupate-Waling and Madikhola-Bhakunde Drinking Water Project to solve drinking water problem in Waling area.

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Water shortage hits Myagdi village
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

By: Gopal Chhantyal

Myagdi: Locals of Phulachaur village development committee in Myagdi district are facing acute shortage of drinking water. The water crisis prevails in wards no 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the VDC. Daily life of students, housewives and job holders has been troubled. A stream in ward no 6 of Chipletibhanjyang VDC dried up setting in the woe, locals said.

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Sources of water dry up in Parsa wildlife
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

ImageBy: Diwakar Bhandari

Pathlaiya: The effects of global warming is being felt everywhere and the wildlife at the Parsa Wildlife Reserve are the latest to be hit. With natural sources of water drying in the reserve, the wild beasts have started moving towards nearby human settlements to quench their thirst.

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Bid to solve water woes in Tanahun
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Tanahun: A fund collection campaign has been launched here in Damauli to solve the long-persisting drinking water problem. Under the campaign, money will be collected from various district-based government offices, non-governmental organizations, businesspersons, consumers and individuals.

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Entire ward displaced due to shortage of drinking water
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Dhankuta: People of an entire ward comprising 33 households have been displaced due to the shortage of drinking water at their locality. The entire ward at Faksib VDC, Ward No. 3, has been displaced as the only source of drinking water in the locality has dried up due to the long drought.

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Public toilet in disorder
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Tanahun: A public toilet constructed by Shree Siddhi Ganesh Mother’s Group at Aabukhaireni Bus Park is in disorder due to financial crunch. Chairman of the Mother Group Mira K.C. told that the construction work of the toilet was not completed due to lack of finance. Still 20 percent construction work of the toilet is remaining.

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400 families under severe water woes
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

By: Agandhar Tiwari

Myagdi: About 400 families of ward nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Pulachaur VDC are facing drinking water problem for the past two months due to lack of water source nearby and long dry-spell this year. The locals are compelled to walk for three hours to fetch a gagri (water vessel) of water from the water source 6 km away.

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Students queue up to defecate
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

By: Bhim Gautam

Kavre: It is not a new issue to queue up for hours for drinking water in many places but it can be new for many that one has to stand in queue to defecate in the open place. Students studying in Bagh Devi Secondary School at Jyamdi of Kavre have to stand in queue for 10 to 15 minutes to defecate in the open place. About 600 students study in the school but not a single toilet has been constructed in the school due to shortage of water. 

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Drinking water shortage
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Baglung: The famous Bhairav temple and 40 households here are reeling under water shortage after the supply lines including water source got damaged in the course of road construction. The water source and pipelines got damaged in the course of constructing road in Kaule of Amalachaur VDC-3.

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Kaldhar village turning into a model village
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Dhulikhel:  The Kaldhar village in Chapakhori VDC-1 of Kavre is turning into a model village. About 81 toilets were constructed in Kaldhar village with financial support of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Committee in FY 2056/57. The villagers were encouraged to make Kaldhar a model village after the local Lama Eco Village constructed toilets in 12 households with financial support from France.

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New leadership in drinking water committee
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Dhading: Birendra Pandey has been selected as a president of Federation of Drinking Water and sanitation Users’ Nepal (FEDWASUN) Dhading branch. A 15-member committee has been selected under Pandey from the second district convention of FEDWASUN organized in Dhadingbesi.

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Two hours for water
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Rukum: About 50 families living in a Dalit settlement here in Chiwang-2 are compelled to walk two hours to fetch a ‘gagri’ (water vessel) of water after the flood washed away the source of a drinking water project constructed by District Drinking Water Office 10 years ago.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A letter for water
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

I have a suggestion for the finance minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai to minimize water problem. Construction of new houses is at peak at present. New houses are being constructed daily. It costs Rs. 2 to 3 million to construct a simple house in Kathmandu. You must have knowledge of Rainwater Harvesting technology.

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Apathy
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

There have been repeated assurances by the water supply company to increase the quantity of drinking water to the consumers in the Kathmandu valley. But, nothing seems to be done to increase the water flow to the taps in the people’s houses. The people have to run from pillar to post to get a bucket of water.

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Good endeavour
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

On the first day of year 2066 it was good to hear about Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s endeavour’s to manage the solid waste with the help of foreign consultants (“KMC, donors join hands to manage waste,” April 14, Page 3). This kind of news works as a bright spark in a dark atmosphere.

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Stone-spouts of Nepal
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Among many traditional stone-spouts in Nepal, many have dried up, many have disappeared and some are still functioning. Sundhara, the famous gold-plated crocodile faced spout of Kathmandu is not functioning at present. Similarly, a Lichhavi era stone-spout, which was found during the construction of the sub-way in Bhotahity does not exist at present.

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