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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, May 11, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-05-11 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 155, May 11, 2009

Dear Readers,

Nowadays, news of spurious bottled water has been making headlines in the daily newspapers. The quality of so-called mineral water packed in bottles and jars has been found to be of sub standard and not fit for drinking. A recent report by Department of Food Technology and Quality Control has showed detection of micro-organisms, coliforms and high chlorine amount in water samples collected from the bottled water being sold in the market. Among the pathogens detected in the water samples, detection of coliforms in bottled drinking water is a sensitive and serious issue. Coliform, usually found in human faeces, causes diarrheal diseases and stomach pain. Doctors have been advising to drink bottled water only after boiling.

At the present time when the water utility operator is not supplying enough water, many consumers are forced to use water from unsafe sources like dug wells, tube wells and private water vendors. Consumption of such water can be a cause of water-borne epidemics in the Kathmandu Valley. The government and the concerned should show attention to this matter immediately and coordinate with the concerned stakeholders from water and sanitation, education and health sector to carry out the awareness and advocacy campaign to check the possible outbreak of water-borne diseases in and outside the Kathmandu Valley.

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation

KATHMANDU VALLEY

Five rupee ticket for water
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

By: Sharmila Kaduwal

Kathmandu: Ranibari Youth Club has started charging money for collecting water from a local stonespout. Consumers willing to collect 20 liter water from the stonespout have to buy a ticket worth five rupees in advance. A consumer from Mhaipi Bharat Dahal told that the ticket system has helped the consumers to fetch water from the stonespout easily.

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Urge not to obstruct garbage management
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has urged all the concerned sides not to create any obstruction in solid waste management of the Kathmandu valley. The KMC has urged the locals of landfill site at Okharpauwa to support in solid waste management by understanding the existing unstable political condition in the country.

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Seasonal diseases at work
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Kathmandu: Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital at Teku informed that patients of water borne diseases were increasing with the onset of summer. Dr. Saroj Prasad Rajendra, director of the hospital said that diarrhoea and dysentery patients had increased after the start of the season. “Although the number is increasing, patients admitted in hospitals are less compared to the previous years,” said Rajendra.

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Spurious bottled water poses threat
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Kathmandu: Sales of bottled water may have increased with more people becoming aware of health and hygiene recently, but spurious products sold in the market has made people more vulnerable to health risks than ever. Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), the only state-owned mechanism entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring quality of food products in the market has recently taken action against five different brands of bottled water for indulging in unscrupulous trade practices in the Valley.

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NATIONAL

Two hours walk for drinking water
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Hetauda: Hetauda: Residents of Churiyamai VDC-1 and Padampokhari VDC-2 are forced to walk for two hours to fetch potable water as the water sources in the VDCs have dried up. Though Churiyamai is a VDC adjoining district headquarters Hetauda, the locals are left with no option but to wander far and wide in search of drinking water.

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Expensive filter reach poor settlement
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

By: Lalit Basel

Surkhet: Poor residents of rural settlement of Surkhet, who have to work for whole day to arrange a day's meal, have constructed expensive filter for drinking water. Generally, a filter costs Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500 but the residents of poor settlement at Tunde of Kalyan VDC-9 in eastern Surkhet have constructed expensive filter costing Rs. 3,000. The filters are made up of cement.

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Gajamaya shows way to thirsty Padampur
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

ImageBy: Ramesh Kumar Poudel

Padampur, Chitwan: A 50-year-old woman has inspired the water-deprived people of Padampur to dig wells. Gajamaya Tamang became the first to take advantage of a village development committee (VDC) offer of Rs. 30,000 in grant for digging wells in the parched village and the villagers have been following suit after she succeeded in striking water.

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Drinking water woes in Butwal
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Butwal: Day to day life in Butwal has been affected by lack of drinking water. It was insufficient as the drinking water resources were in decreasing trend, said the Nepal Water Supply Corporation Butwal. We have not been able to supply as per the need because of decreasing water sources and the problem of electricity line, said corporation’s Technical Assistant Hari Kumar Shrestha.

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Melamchi demand
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Chautara: Locals have halted works in Melamchi Water Supply Project for the last one and half months by causing obstructions at source of water in Helambu of Sindhupalchok district. They demanded that the project should be named as Hyolmo drinking water project and Jangbupra water source, which is some five-kilometers far ahead of the current source, should be utilized for drinking water purpose.

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‘Poison’ in drinking water
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Kaski: More than 3000 households in Lekhnath Municipality, Kaski were advised not to drink water distributed by a local water supply project after finding out that the water at the main reservoir contained a chemical used in killing fish. Lekhnath Small Town Drinking Water Project directed its consumers not to use the tap water after its officials detected that the water was contaminated.

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Surkhet Valley reeling under water shortage
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Surkhet: Surkhet valley is reeling under water shortage despite completion of the Jhupra Drinking Water and Sanitation Project a year ago. The project has been able to supply only half of the total water demand in the valley. Jhupra Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers’ Committee stated that the daily water demand is 8 million litres but the project has been able to supply only 4 million litres of water daily.

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Drinking water projects in dilapidated condition
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Ilam: Most of the drinking water projects in the district are in dilapidated condition due to lack of regular monitoring by the donor and supporting organizations and negligence by the consumers. Chairman of Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users' Nepal (FEDWASUN) Ilam, Krishna Subedi told that the all the 16 drinking water projects in the district are in dilapidated condition.

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Drinking water shortage
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Kapilvastu: Kapilvastu municipality has been reeling under acute shortage of drinking water for the past two weeks. The supply of drinking water has been disrupted as water pumps and panel boards have remained non-functional. Two pumps, panel boards and electric motor of the Nepal Water Supply Corporation Taulihawa branch have stopped functioning because of electric short-circuit caused by storms and heavy winds.

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Drinking water problem
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Rautahat: Hand pumps and dug-wells in northern part of Rautahat have started to dry up due to the long dry-spell. The locals are facing drinking water problem as there has been no water supply from the hand pumps in Chandranigahapur, Jadibela, Paurai, Santapur and Dumariya VDC of Rautahat. Water sources, rivers and rivulets have dried up as it has not rained for the past nine months.

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Army spends his earnings in water and sanitation in school
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

By: Durga Lal K.C.

Bhaluwang (Dang): What do the people do with their earnings that they earned in their young age by fighting battles in the army? It is obvious that they spend their earnings in house, vehicle, land, property and secure their future life. But, the armies here have used their earnings in the construction of a drinking water project and a school.

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Drinking water shortage in Dharapani
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

By: Bhim Lal Shrestha

Gorkha: It has been the daily routine of the locals of Dharapani to wake up early in the morning and queue up for hours in a public stonespout to fetch a gagri (water vessel) of water. The only public stonespout is the source of drinking water for the locals of Dharapani.

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Water is a mirage in Syangja villages
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

By: Basanti Bastola

Syangja: People of Kharikot village in the district have been surviving on dry food for months. Many have shelved plans to take a bath until the rainy season. Needless to say, an acute shortage of water has made their lives miserable. So when guests dropped in at the house of Bhagwati Acharya of Kichnas-6 and her efforts to borrow some water from her neighbours’ failed, Acharya had no option but to offer what they had been eating for quite some time: Pop corn.

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Water shortage in hospital
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Salyan: Patients admitted in the district hospital Salyan are in trouble as there is acute shortage of drinking water in the hospital. The hospital stated that there has been no water supply from the taps for the past two weeks. The patients are getting water only for taking medicines. A patient Ramchandra Buda told that the patients do not get water even if they felt thirsty. Diarrhoea patients are hit hard by water shortage.

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Water scarcity in four VDCs
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Salyan: Four VDCs located in the western part of the district including Ghajaripipal, Bame, Swikot and Devsthal are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the water sources started to dry up with the long dry-spell. Hundreds of households in fours VDCs are hit hard by the water shortage. The locals are forced to walk for 6 hours to fetch a 'gagri' (water vessel) of water.

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Unsafe water
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Kanchanpur: More than 7,000 residents in seven VDCs of Kanchanpur are forced to drink water contaminated with arsenic. A study supported by UNICEF has found arsenic in water in Pipaladi, Krishnapur, Sripur, Kalika and Laxmipur VDCs.

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Janakpur sweats through water crisis
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

By: Suresh Kumar Yadav

Janakpur: With the arrival of summer, ground water levels in the Tarai region naturally recede, leaving many tube wells dry. Tube wells that have not dried up completely yield very little water. The water shortage has hit especially the northern part of Dhanusa District. Janakpur city is facing the same problem, with tube wells 225 to 450 feet going dry. Tube wells of lesser depth have dried up completely.

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Melamchi locals posing hurdles in Melamchi project
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

By: Mudita Bajracharya

Sindhupalchowk: Efforts are on to bring water into the Kathmandu Valley through Melamchi Water Supply Project in the next four years. A letter of commencement has been given to the Chinese contractor to go ahead with construction of 26.6 km long tunnel from Helambu VDC of Sindhupalchowk district to Sundarijal in Kathmandu. Simultaneously, water treatment, sedimentation and rapid, sand filter plant will be constructed at Sundarijal with loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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Concrete toilet in all houses
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Palpa: Residents of Kumal settlement in Magarang of Siddheshwor VDC-2 are engaged in making their village an open defecation free zone. A local Buddhi Bahadur Kumal told that toilets were constructed in 88 out of 92 houses in the village with support of different organizations.

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Landslide swept away water source
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Sankhuwasabha: Landslide triggered by incessant rains has washed away the water source brought for water supply in Khandbari, the district headquarters. Chief Executive Officer of Khandbari Municipality Rajan Rai told that water supply has been disrupted after the landslide swept away the water source and pipelines of a drinking water project.

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Hattisude turned into a garbage free village
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Khotang: Hattisude village in Khidima-4 has turned into a garbage free village in the initiation of Gorkha Welfare Scheme and local community. The village with 40 households has turned into a garbage free village after the construction of drinking water tap and toilet in every household.

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Chief’s room vandalized for not getting water
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

By: Rohit Rai

Dharan: Consumers vandalized the NWSC chief’s office room in Dharan. The consumers of Deependra Chowk in Dharan-19, who went to meet the NWSC Dharan Branch Chief Prajendra Das Hada in his office, have vandalized his room after they did not find him in the office. An official of the NWSC Dev Raj Shrestha told that the agitated consumers manhandled two employees of the corporation.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Pepsi Cola area sans water
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

After the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) planned to develop a planned town in the Pepsi Cola area where there was a beautiful paddy field 13 years back, many people bought the land and constructed residential buildings. Now the entire area has emerged like other parts of the capital city as a concrete jungle though a bit planned.

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EDITORIAL

Foul play
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

That spurious bottled water could pose a threat to health should make the common man wary about what they drink. Normally, it is assumed that such water is safe to drink without having to boil or filter it. However, there is news now that the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQT) is taking action against several industries found to be selling spurious bottled water.

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ARTICLE

Untapped tappable resource
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Friday, 08 May 2009

ImageBy: Sharada Adhikari

Kathmandu: Most of the existing stone water spouts of the Valley barely trickle any water if at all, while many wells and borings have dried up. And we spend loads buying water from tankers, which also means a wait of three to four weeks before you get your turn. Water scarcity is a chronic problem that Kathmanduites have been facing, and there seems to be no respite from it.

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