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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, May 25, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-05-25 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 157, May 25, 2009

Dear Readers,

Once again, one group of residents living around the Sisdole landfill site in Okharpauwa obstructed garbage trucks of KMC demanding to fulfill their 40-points demands. As the result, garbage has littered the streets and thoroughfares of Kathmandu. Even if the government and the garbage obstructers reach to an agreement and garbage collection resumes, there is no certainty that the garbage transportation will not be halted in the near future. It won’t come as a surprise if another group soon comes up with its own set of demands. After all, hasn’t this happened many times in the past?

Dumping of garbage is not the only way of garbage management. The options of 3'R' (recycle, reduce and reuse) principle and utilization of garbage can give long-term solution to the garbage woes. Environment friendly processing plant can be constructed to solve recurring garbage problem and the plant will generate methane gas from waste which can be widely used in homes as fuel.
Another solution is producing compost manure from the organic waste and turning remaining inorganic waste such as plastic and paper into raw material for various industries through the application of 3'R' principle. Let’s hope that the government and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, responsible to manage waste in the Kathmandu, will consider the solution. 

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Plea to end blockade
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu metropolitan City (KMC) issued a statement on May 23 to political parties, civic society and locals to help end the obstruction of garbage trucks and prevent possible epidemics which could spread due to garbage on the streets.

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Waste disposal row: Locals obstruct trucks for third day
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Kathmandu: Obstruction by locals for the third day meant that Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) could not transfer the valley's waste on May 21 as well, though an official claimed it would be resumed from May 22. General Manager of the Solid Waste Management Resource Mobilization Centre (SWMRMC), Dr. Sumitra Amatya, said the meeting between the agitating locals and the concerned authorities had been held but ended on the note that if the all-party alliance meeting, scheduled to be held on May 24, take a decision to be ready to be dissolved, then waste collection will be allowed to be resumed.

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All-party meet to resolve garbage row
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Kathmandu: An all party meeting will be held on May 24 to resolve the garbage disposal row continuing since the last three days. Garbage disposal was obstructed after Okharpauwa locals blocked the KMC trucks from reaching the landfill site. “We held talks with the locals on May 22 and they agreed to allow the trucks to enter the landfill site,” said Dr. Sumitra Amatya, general manager at the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC).

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Relief from impasse, dumping likely on May 22
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Kathmandu: Dumping of garbage produced in the three districts of Kathmandu Valley is likely to resume on May 22 after two days of disruption. Okharpauwa locals barred 29 trucks carrying garbage from dumping their load in the Sisdole landfill site for the second consecutive day on May 21. “We had a meeting with all the political parties today,” said Dr. Sumitra Amatya, general manager, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC) under the KMC.

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Garbage trouble: Waste of a problem
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

By: Dev Kumar Sunuwar

Kathmandu: The Solid Waste Management Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC) under the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) has so far signed 49 accords with different agitating groups living around landfill sites in the last three years, following obstructions in movements of garbage trucks at different times.

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KMC keen on hi-tech dumping
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

By: Bishnu Prasad Aryal

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is doing groundwork to dispose garbage using new technologies. A study draft on scientific disposal of city garbage and the management of Bishnumati river corridor is at its final stage. “We have already completed 85 per cent of the study. The study started in February and will end in June,” Devendra Dongol, planner at the Physical Development and Construction Department, of the KMC said.

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Sisdole locals resist garbage disposal
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Kathmandu: A small group led by Shyam Sundar Balami did not allow garbage-laden vehicles of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City to proceed to the Sisdole landfill site, putting forth 40-point charter of demands. “The group disrupted the road and didn’t allow 29 trucks to proceed to the landfill site on May 20,” said Dr. Sumitra Amatya, general manager at the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC).

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Sewerage treatment plant in disorder
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

By: Makar Shrestha

Bhaktapur: The sewerage treatment plants constructed by GTZ in Sallaghari and Hanumanghat 25 years ago has turned into grassy fields due to lack of repair and maintenance. Locals complain that the plants are in disorder as they have not been repaired after its handover. GTZ had constructed the plants and handed over the plants to the then Nepal Water Supply Corporation.

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Government cracks quality control whip
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Kathmandu: A whole host of companies is in hot water because the companies have not maintained quality control over their products. These companies landed there because the government— responding to the growing complaints over the substandard quality of milk, edible oil and mineral water— has initiated action against these companies.

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NATIONAL

 

School sans drinking water
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

By: Dinesh Gautam

Lamahi (Dang): The students here in Lamahi VDC leave their classes and queue up in a tap at Lamahi Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers Committee premises. The students are compelled to visit the tap at five minutes walk as there has been no water supply from the taps in the school. Not only the school students, the residents of Lamahi VDC are facing acute shortage of drinking water.

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Mother’s group constructed public tap
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Tehrathum: The Basantapur Mother’s Group in Tehrathum has constructed a public tap at an investment of Rs. 0.5 million. Secretary of Basantapur Mother’s Group Gita Siwa told that the mother’s group has constructed a public tap in the market area with the money raised in Tihar by playing 'deusi' and 'bhailo'.

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Water scarcity in Chakmake
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Sindhuli: Chakmake market, the chief commercial centre in the eastern hilly area of Sindhuli district, is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after all the water-wells in the village dried up due to searing temperature. The shortage of water has affected about two hundred families of the Chakmake.

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Butwal faces scarcity of potable water
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Butwal: Following prolonged spell of dry season in the country, Butwal, a town in the western Nepal, has faced crippling scarcity of drinking water. According to Nepal Water Supply Corporation, Butwal branch, there has been a huge shortage of drinking water due to the shrinkage of the water sources following the long-drawn-out dry spell.

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Drinking water problem
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Parbat: Residents of six wards in Majhphant VDC are facing drinking water problem. The locals are compelled to walk for hours to reach Pumdikhola to fetch water. About 1,500 locals of ward nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Majhphant VDC are facing drinking water problem after water source dried up due to prolonged drought.

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Diarrhoea outbreak in Makwanpur, 100 fall ill
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Hetauda: Diarrhoea that spread in Dandabas, Chaubas and Gairigaun of Agra VDC has affected more than 100 locals. A local Bhimsen Moktan told that diarrhoea patients are undergoing treatment at Palung health post and clinic at Dandabas. The locals assumed that diarrhoea might have spread due to consuming filthy water.

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Drinking water shortage in Jajarkot
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

By: Bhim Bahadur Singh

Jajarkot: Residents of over two dozen VDCs of the district including Khalanga, Khagenkot, Dandagaun, Nayakbada, Rokayagaun, Dhime, Paink, Majkot, Talegaun, Archani, Garkhakot, Daha, Pajaru and Jagatipur are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. According to District Drinking Water and Sanitation Sub-Division Office, only 25,572 out of 32,355 households in 30 VDCs have access to drinking water. Though different agencies have spent billions of rupees in the name of constructing drinking water projects in the district, it is like pouring water in the sand.

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Sewage taints Fewa Lake
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

ImageBy: Santosh Pokharel

Pokhara: Fewa Lake no longer reflects the mountains which surround it. Rather, garbage and sewage have tainted the once pristine lake of vast touristic significance. Tourism entrepreneurs are worried by the lake’s deterioration, but say that as a master plan is lacking, cleanup efforts aren´t getting a much-needed kick-start. “It’s embarrassing for us working in the tourism field that we are not being able to conserve Fewa Lake,” admits Bachhuram Tiwari, president of Pokhara Tourism Council.

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Koshi victims of Indrapur lack drinking water
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Urlabari (Morang): The people, who were resettled at Indrapur after being displaced by the Saptakoshi River 24 years ago, have been deprived of drinking water. A total of 45 families were resettled here. But most of them have migrated to other areas due to the scarcity of drinking water, said Ram Dev Mehata.

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Water source dispute affects 200 families
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Nuwakot: About 200 households of Budhsingh VDC are reeling under water shortage due to dispute on the water source. A drinking water project was operated in ward nos. 2, 3 and 4 by using three water sources. However, Ram Kumar Shrestha, landowner of the land where one of the sources is located, raised dispute on use of the source and destroyed the tank and pipelines of the project resulting water shortage in the VDC.

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Bharatpur to be free from water supply problems
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Chitwan: The perennial problem of water shortage will end soon in Bharatpur, as local residents are getting 24-hour drinking water facility. If all goes as per the planning, they will get an opportunity to avail themselves of the facility within the next six months.

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Drinking water project to be constructed
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Mahendranagar:  Drinking Water and Sanitation Division Office is to construct a drinking water project to solve the drinking water woes of the locals of Kalika and Tribhuvan VDC Kanchanpur. The office has already completed the survey work for the project construction.

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No water supply from the project worth millions of rupees
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Nawalparasi: It has been three month since there has been no water supply from the taps of the consumers of Kawasoti Drinking Water Project that was completed last year at an investment of Rs. 100 million. The consumers blamed of irregularity in project construction by the then Kawasoti Drinking Water Consumers Committee and Small Town and Drinking Water Project Central Office.

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Drinking water woes
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Okhaldhunga: The district headquarters is reeling under acute drinking water shortage as the damaged drinking water source at Bhujepati of Solukhumbu has not been repaired yet. Water shortage has severely affected hundreds of students who have come there from different places to attend the examination of class 11. The students complain that they did not get to eat food and study due to water shortage.

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Drinking water shortage in Swargadwari temple
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

By: Durga Lal K.C.

Swargadwari (Pyuthan): Religious and tourist spot Swargadwari temple is reeling under acute drinking shortage due to long dry-spell which has hampered the temple priest to perform daily activities. Water shortage has also hit hundreds of devotees visiting the temple daily.

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Diarrhoea hit
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Hetauda: Diarrhoea that spread in northern rural areas of Makwanpur has affected more than 100 people. Diarrhoea has been raging in ward nos. 4, 5 and 6 of Agra VDC since last week. Diarrhoea has affected over 100 locals of Dandabas, Chaubas and Gairigaun.

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Dalit settlement clean after the construction of toilets
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Arghakhanchi: Dalit settlement here in Pokharathok VDC has turned clean after the construction of toilets. Toilets have changed the appearance of the dalit settlement. The locals have constructed toilet in their houses after the Social Service and District Environment Group provided construction materials worth Rs. 15,000 to construct toilets.

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Water shortage with the onset of summer
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Mahottari: Many VDCs of Mahottari district are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water with the onset of summer season. Muneshwor Chaudhari, a local of Ramnagar, told that residents of Gaushala, Ramnagar, Bijulpura Bardibas, Hathilet and Kishannagar are facing acute drinking water problem as water sources have dried up due to long dry-spell.

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Drinking water management committee formed
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Dharan: Dharan Integrated Jaladhar Conservation and Drinking Water Management Committee has been formed for managing and solving drinking water problem. In an interaction programme organized in the initiation of Environment and Tourism Development Centre, the committee has been formed in the coordination of Constituent Assembly (CA) member Kiran Kumar Rai.

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Hunger strike to stop pipeline connection
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Kaski: Hariballav Poudel of Hemja VDC-8 has announced to stage hunger strike from May 19 to stop distributing pipeline connections meant for his settlement to other place. “I am preparing to stage a hunger strike to stop the distribution of connections meant for us to other places,” said Poudel.

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Arsenic contamination
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Khajura: Water in over 20,000 tube wells across the Tarai has been found to have been containing more arsenic than the recommended for safe use. In tests conducted by Nepal Red Cross Society, water in 20,243 tube wells contained arsenic more than the standard fixed by thee government. According to Nepal National Drinking Water Quality Standard 2063, water containing more than 50 ppb arsenic is considered unsafe for drinking.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Water contamination
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 May 2009

My attention has been drawn to your news stories titled “40 TIA security personnel fall ill” (May 13, Page 3) and “Mystery disease renders 60 ill” (May 13, Page 4). In both cases, the reason behind the illness could have been contaminated water.

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ARTICLE

 

Manage Waste Wisely
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 28 May 2009

P. Gopakumar 
 
MANY people feel that solid waste management is an extremely effortless affair - simply by putting waste into a vehicle and unloading it at a dumpsite. If this were true, then why do so many towns and cities suffer from uncollected refuse, blocking streets and drains, harbouring flies and rats, and as a consequence degrading urban environments? Successful solid waste management is hardly ever achieved without thought, effort and much learning from mistakes.

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