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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, April 27, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-04-27 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 153, April 27, 2009

Dear Readers,

The inadequate water supply by the water supply utility has forced the Kathmandu denizens to rely on other sources of water. Many people buy expensive water supplied in jars or by private tankers. Those who can not afford jar or tankers queue up in stone-spouts, dug-wells and other traditional water sources. The quality of water supplied by private tankers and other water sources is doubtful.
Some studies have found that many consumers in Kathmandu drink water without any household treatment. They lack awareness about different simple household water disinfection methods like chlorination, filtration, boiling, SODIS. Among them, SODIS is a simple, cheap and effective method of disinfecting drinking water using the sunlight. Consumers do not have to spend a single rupee for this technology. One has to use a clean and transparent pet bottle, fill it with drinking water and leave it in the direct sun for about 7 hours. The ultraviolet rays in sunlight destroy all the germs in water making it safe for drinking. SODIS gives germ free safe drinking water as good as boiling or chlorination. So, let’s SODIS drinking water to be safe from water borne diseases.

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Brick-kiln owner became 'Pani Ba'
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Monday, 11 May 2009

By: Krsihna Kisi

Kathmandu: Until some years ago, Balaram Karki of Koteshwor was known as ‘Bhattasahu’ (brick-kiln owner) but now he is more popular as 'Pani Ba' – the water man. The locals gave him the new name after the elderly Balaram left the occupation of brick-kiln and started to distribute drinking water in the settlement free of cost.

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Reed plant to clean ponds
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

By: Abdullah Miya

Kathmandu: Pollution has gripped many rivers, ponds and lakes in the country. At the time when the government has failed to clean the polluted rivers and ponds, scientists have introduced ‘Artificial Floating Wetland System’ to clean the ponds, rivers and wetlands. According to the technology, polluted water can be cleaned at low cost by planting ‘Reed’ plant on the polluted river/pond/wetland.

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New water treatment technology
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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.

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Water bodies in Everest region contaminated: Survey
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Kathmandu: Contamination in water bodies in the Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone (SNPBZ) has accelerated in recent years, thanks to the influx of visitors and the increase in human waste, stated a recent survey carried out in the Everest region.

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FOST, ENPHO bag environment prize
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

ImageKathmandu: Two organizations from Nepal have bagged Special Achievement Award at a programme organized recently by the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air in Kampala, Uganda Capital. The winners of the award are Foundation for Sustainable Technology (FOST) and Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO).

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New Technology for Water Treatment
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

ImageThe quality of drinking water is a matter of serious concerns and it is one of the major factors contributing to high mortality of children and high cost of disease with adults. Different low cost methods of water treatment are now available and appropriate solutions of water purification system should be installed according to the size of the communities and water distribution systems. One appropriate method is using chlorine solution, a powerful disinfectant used widely. Antenna WATA is a small device producing a concentrated chlorine solution from water and common salt based on an electrolysis process. This device has recently been tested out in the field in Bolivia, Madagascar, Zambia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Valley sees water level depleting
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

By: Pragati Shahi

Kathmandu’s ground water level is sinking alarmingly at an average of over four metres annually. Hydrologists and environmental experts say groundwater abstraction and haphazard construction are to blame. Abstraction causes depletion of Water Table while unplanned urbanization has sealed up the rechargeable zones.

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Water scarcity in Kirtipur
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

Kirtipur: Many areas of Kirtipur including Itagol, Gamcha, Tyanglaphant and Sim are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited Kirtipur branch blamed electricity load shedding for water shortage in the areas having water sources.

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NATIONAL
Trade of Water source in millions of rupees
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Monday, 11 May 2009

By: DR Panta

Dadeldhura: The residents of Dewal and Kanakot, who have been looking for water source for the past 4 years, have purchased a water source in the neighboring village at Rs. 0.8 million. Drinking water sources are being purchased and sold at millions of rupees after the old sources started to dry up.

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Churiyamai locals walk for five hours to fetch water
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Monday, 11 May 2009

Hetauda: Residents of Churiyamai VDC are quenching their thirst by bringing water in ‘gagri’ (water vessel) from Bara district. Residents of Churiyamai VDC-2, Naya basti and Sanusukauli have to spend five hours to fetch water from the cesspool near the bridge no. 3 and 4 of Bara district.

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Baglung town reeling under water shortage
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Baglung: Municipal area in the hilly district of Baglung has been facing acute shortage of water, compelling denizens to buy water as their taps ran dry. Hoteliers and students in the district headquarters are among the hardest hit. "Water supply to our taps is momentary," hotelier Raju Sapkota said. In the lack of a timetable for water supply, the problem aggravates, he added.

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Wastewater treatment plant ineffective
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009

By: Girija Adhikari

Hetauda: The Wastewater Treatment Plant constructed at an investment of Rs. 550 million to treat the wastewater produced from the industries in the Hetauda Industrial Area is not in full operation.

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Arrangement of safe water in Surkhet
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

By: Surya Mani Gautam

Surkhet: People save money and property for future but the residents of a remote village in Surkhet are engaged in saving safe water. The locals of Tunde of Kalyan VDC-9 are engaged in saving water for future use. The locals have started to construct pitchers in their houses to collect rainwater.

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Water scarcity in Damauli
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

Damauli: Ward nos. 2, 10 and 11 of Byas municipality are reeling under acute water shortage due to long dry-spell. President of Damauli Drinking Water and Sanitation Users’ Committee Shantiraman Wagle told that water source at Gunadi of Jamune VDC has dried up resulting water shortage in the municipality.

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Drinking water scarcity
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

Banke: The residents of Nepalgunj municipality are facing acute shortage of drinking water for no water supply in the taps since the last week. The consumers are compelled to drink arsenic-contaminated water from hand pumps. Demanding to solve the water problem, the consumers have padlocked the Nepal Water Supply Corporation office at Nepalgunj on April 23.

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Water scarcity
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

Sunsari: Dharan is reeling under water shortage due to electricity load shedding. Drinking Water Project Dharan stated that the project could not operate water pump to supply water due to 12-hour load shedding daily resulting acute drinking water shortage in the area.

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Water hole locked
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

By: Babu Ram Shrestha

Dadeldhura: The locals of Nauli village in Aalitaal VDC have made an agreement to lock a water hole in the village. Water level has been decreasing in the only water source supplying water to 25 households in the village. The locals have agreed to lock up the water hole in the presence of all villagers after collecting 4 litres of water per family in the morning and evening every day.

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Water of Madi to be brought in Damauli
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

Tanahun: Water of Madi River is going to be brought in Damauli, district headquarters, to solve water problem in the area. President of Damauli Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers’ Committee Shantiraman Wagle told a drinking water project will be completed with joint investment of Small Town Drinking Water Project and Byas Municipality Consumers’ Committee.

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Filthy water caused jaundice in remote village
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

Makwanpur: Jaundice has gripped the Chepang settlement at Kankada-4, Devitar due to filthy water and lack of sanitation. Doctors claim that people are suffering from jaundice due to defecating near the water sources. Jaundice has affected people living in 26 households of Devitar.

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City of Lakes reeling with water scarcity
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Friday, 08 May 2009

ImageBy: Manoj Adhikari

Pokhara: The city of lakes Pokhara with a perennial Seti River flowing through its heart and Mardi and Bijaypur rivers nearby has been suffering from acute shortage of drinking water for years. The total demand of drinking water is 42.5 million liters daily but the Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) can cater only 21.5 million liters. The local branch of NWSC says that new settlements established in the last 810 years are worst hit by the problem and receive water only once for 23 hours in a week or two.

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Intake dispute in Melamchi project
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Thursday, 07 May 2009

ImageBy: Dinesh Karki

Sindhupalchok (Melamchi): There has been a dispute between the government and Melamchi folks on the issue of relocating intake of the Melamchi Water Supply Project. The dispute arose after the Melamchi locals pressurized the project officials to relocate the intake in a meeting between the project officials and locals on April 19 in Kharchung of Sindhupalchok.

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Drinking water problem
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Dhading: About 72 households in Khatri village of Chhatre Deurali VDC-4 have been reeling under acute water shortage after the water supply was disrupted due to the operation of a stone mine near the water source. The locals told that they could not get drinking water as the water source had been buried due to the operation of the stone mine.

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Drinking water problem in a dozen VDCs
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Monday, 04 May 2009

By: Aash Gurung

Lamjung: Drinking water problem has increased in the south-west part of Lamjung with the onset of dry season. Residents of a dozen VDCs including Suryapal, Tandrang, Taksar, Ramgha, Samibhanjyang and Jita are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water.

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Water problem in Rolpa
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Rolpa: About 30 households of Sirpa VDC-2 are facing drinking water problem for the past three months with the long dry-spell and lack of repair and maintenance of a drinking water project constructed 13 years ago. Similarly, the locals of Kureli-7 are also facing drinking water problem.

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Dried well spurs exodus
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Monday, 04 May 2009

By: Rajkumar Karki

Sindhuli: Over 300 families of a village have deserted the settlement along with their cattle in search of water. Most of the people of ward nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Belghari Village Development Committee were forced to leave the village after the well that used meet their water requirements dried up.

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Waste processing plant constructed
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Hetauda: A waste processing plant being constructed in Hetauda will start producing compost within three months, coordinator of the processing plant Nandaratna Sthapit said.

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Dhangadi hit hard by acute water crisis
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Monday, 04 May 2009

By: Shivraj Bhatt

Dhangadi: Irregular water supply has hardly hit the residents of Dhangadi Municipality. The acute short supply of water, a result of Nepal Water Supply Corporation's (NWSC) glaring inefficiency, has affected thousands of households in the district.

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Water scarcity in Bharatpur VDC
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

Janakpur: Water scarcity has hit the Bharatpur VDC of Dhanusha as the dug wells started to dry up with the soaring heat. There are about 105 dug wells in the Bharatpur VDC having population of 12,000. Dug wells in Fulbariya, Chadhariya, Birendrabazaar and Dandatole of Bharatpur VDC have dried up.

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Water shortage in Damauli
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

By: Madan Wagle

Tanahun: Residents of ward nos. 2, 10 and 11 of Byas municipality are facing drinking water problem with the long dry-spell. President of Damauli Drinking Water and Sanitation Users’ Committee Shantiraman Wagle told that water source at Gunadi of Jamune VDC has dried up resulting water shortage in the municipality.

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Construction
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

Butwal: An overhead tank of a drinking water project is going to be constructed at Parroha-6 of Rupandehi at a cost of around Rs. 50 million. The project will supply drinking water to over 10,000 people in ward nos. 2, 5 and 6 of Parroha VDC.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Act
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Monday, 04 May 2009

It is not only the Kathmandu Valley that is facing scarcity of drinking water. Dhangadi has also the same problem as reported in “Dhangadi hit hard by acute water crisis” (THT, April 21). It is often being reported that many places in Nepal are having difficult times because of inadequate water supply. This year the problem has become worse because the winter rains were very limited.

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Wastes
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Sunday, 03 May 2009

This is in reference to the news “Private sector step closer to managing Valley waste” (THT, April 19). Management of garbage is a challenge, and the government alone is clearly not in a position to do this. Now that the private sector too could be involved in this, there is hope that the capital metropolis will become cleaner.

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ARTICLE
Traditional water spouts going dry
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Monday, 04 May 2009

ImageBy: Karuna Maharjan

In ancient Nepal, people worshipped the sources of water and managed them according to their needs. In due course, they established water spouts at certain locales as their perennial source of water for daily use. Construction of 'Dhungedhara' or stone spouts in Kathmandu valley can be traced back to the Lichchhavi period. These spouts were well managed, with underground water tapped through canals and the used water drained from spout premises. 

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