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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, June 1, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-06-01 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 158, June 1, 2009

Dear Readers,

Sithinakha is a native indigenous festival of the Kathmandu Valley which is mainly related with conservation and cleaning of water sources like ponds, dug-wells and stone-spouts. The festival is celebrated every year in May/June according to the lunar calendar. Sithinakha is also linked with religious belief in which personal hygiene and environment cleanliness are given equal importance. The timing of this festival is scientifically also appropriate as it is the peak dry season when the water level is at the lowest making it convenient and safe for cleaning of water sources. Though the festival itself is traditional but no one can deny the importance of sanitation and water source conservation in the present days of water scarcity and environment pollution.

With the support of its allies, NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation has been promoting Sithinakha as the National Sanitation and Water Conservation Day with different awareness raising and promotional activities for some years. Promotion of Sithinakha as the National Sanitation and Water Conservation Day is just a revival of our indigenous tradition and culture of water source conservation and sanitation started a long time ago. It also makes the new generation aware of our cultural values and makes them realize the importance of water and sanitation in their life. We seek support of communities and concerned authorities to establish the native festival at the local, national and international level.

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation


KATHMANDU VALLEY

Sewer mixed in stone-spout
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Bhaktapur: Mixing of sewer has polluted a stonespout with historical and archaeological importance in Bhaktapur. The stone-spout at Gairidhara in Sipadole VDC has turned into a dirty water pool after the local people mixed sewer in it. Local people blame the VDC for not showing interest to manage sewerage in the area.

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Garbage disposal halted again
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Monday, 08 June 2009

Kathmandu: Truckloads of garbage from the capital could not be disposed of on May 30 as well with Okharpauwa locals obstructing the garbage trucks. The problem of garbage disposal continues to bug Kathmandu Metropolitan City ever since the Sisdole landfill site came into operation in 2005.

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Seven community wells handed over to the consumers
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Monday, 08 June 2009

Kathmandu: Seven newly renovated wells in Machhegaun have been handed over to local water user committee in midst of a programme organized on the occasion of Sithi Nakha festival. Local Machhegaun Environment Improvement Committee and Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) have been operating water and environmental sanitation programme in Machhegaun for the past one year with financial support of WaterAid Nepal.

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People love to fetch water from stone-spouts
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Monday, 08 June 2009

ImageBy: Jessica Rai

Lalitpur: The traditional stone-spout, popularly known as dhungedhara, is threatened with human encroachment and overuse in the valley. As water shortage continues, a growing number of people are relying on the few perennial water conduits surviving the human pressure.

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Sithi Nakha celebrated
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Monday, 08 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: Newar Community celebrated Sithi Nakha, traditional festival of the Newars, on May 29 by cleaning water sources just before the start of monsoon. Cultural expert Satya Mohan Joshi said that the Newar community celebrate Sithi Nakha by cleaning water sources like wells, ponds and stone-spouts and end it with a grand Newari feast of six different varieties of Newari food including Wo (fried lintel bread) and Chatamari (Nepali pizza).

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Safe water and hygiene campaign kicks off
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Monday, 08 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: A two-month long safe water and hygiene campaign with an objective to increase awareness among the public on controlling water induced diseases like diarrhoea and cholera started in Kathmandu Valley on May 28. The campaign will set up around 80 booths in different parts of the Kathmandu Valley to provide information to the public on safe drinking water and sanitation and increase awareness on water purification, methods of protecting from epidemics and provide orientation in the community level.

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Clean water facilities to Machhegaon locals
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Monday, 08 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: In the time of dry season people are facing hardship from the facilities of water. To provide water facilities, the government officials handed over seven newly repaired wells in Machhegaon to the local community user groups coinciding with the traditional Sithi Nakha festival, on May 29.

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Dug wells and stone-spouts cleaned
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009

ImageLalitpur: Traditional water sources like dug wells and stonespouts were cleaned on May 29 as a part of celebrating Sithi Nakha (festival) as water day. About 4 dozen dug-wells and stone-spouts were cleaned to raise awareness that drinking water woes in the Kathmandu Valley can be reduced by conserving traditional water sources.

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Water Race concluded
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation in association with its allies organized Water Race competition for school children on the occasion of Sithi Nakha (National Sanitation and Water Conservation Day) with the theme “Give Importance to Sanitation, Conserve Water Sources.” About 70 students from 18 schools inside Kathmandu district participated in the race organized to raise awareness on Sithinakha and water conservation.

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Safe Drinking Water Campaign launched
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Sunday, 07 June 2009

ImageLalitpur: With the start of the monsoon, the spread of water borne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and typhoid can pose threat to people's health. Taking this into consideration, government and non-government agencies organized a public awareness programme to drink pure water at Mangal bazaar of Lalitpur on May 28.

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Garbage disposal disrupted
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Sunday, 07 June 2009

Kathmandu: After two days of the agreement, garbage disposal was once again disrupted on May 28 after a local group from Okharpauwa blocked the way to Sisdole landfill site. Dr. Sumitra Amatya, general manager of Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRC) under the Ministry of Local Development said that garbage disposal was affected after locals of Okharpauwa obstructed the way to the landfill site.

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Garbage woes resurface
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Friday, 05 June 2009

Kathmandu: The disposal of Kathmandu's garbage was affected on Thursday due to disruption by locals of Okharpauwa, where the landfill site is located, within two days after it was reported that the locals had agreed to let the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) dump the garbage at the site.

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38 percent water leakage
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Kathmandu: Drinking water problem is becoming complex and water leakage has increased due to lack of repair and maintenance of water supply lines in Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) stated that 38 per cent of the water supply is lost through leakage in the water supply lines due to lack of repair and maintenance of the century-old pipelines.

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Campaign against plastic use
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Sunday, 07 June 2009

Kathmandu: Work Together Nepal, a non governmental organization has been organizing a signature collection campaign for the last three days with a view to discouraging the uses of plastic materials in the valley. Work Together Nepal stated that the signatures will be sent to the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology on the day of World Environment Day on June 5.

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Construction Company fined Rs. 13 million
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

Kathmandu: In a drinking water supply corruption scandal, the Special Court imposed a Rs. 13 million fine on Construction Company, promoter and consultants on May 26. A three-member bench of judges Om Prakash Mishra, Bhola Prasad Kharel and Gauri Bahadur Karki imposed the fine convicting the construction company, promoter and consultants of Santosh Construction Service Pvt. Ltd, which had carried out the Naya Bazaar Drinking Water Supply Project.

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Garbage collection begins Tuesday
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

Kathmandu: The collection of garbage that had not been collected from Kathmandu streets for the last six days resumed last evening. The KMC had not been able to collect and dump the garbage due to obstruction created by locals of Okharpauwa around the Sisdole landfill site accusing the government of not implementing the past agreements.

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ADB awards 4 projects
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) presented the Outstanding Project Management Team award to three ADB-supported project teams and a Special Recognition Award to one project for their "excellent performance" on May 25. The Road Connectivity Sector I Project, Teacher Education Project and Small Town Water Education Project received Outstanding Project prizes while the Community Livestock Development Project picked up the Special Recognition trophy.

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City garbage to be removed from May 26
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

Kathmandu: Garbage scattered in heaps here and there for the last six days will finally be taken to the Sisdole Landfill Site, Okharpauwa, from Tuesday morning following a five-point agreement between Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Garbage-hit People’s Struggle Committee on May 25.

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Lohanla area to be declared safe water zone
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Lalitpur: With support of Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC), Urban Environment Management Society (UEMS) and Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Lohanla Mahila Bachat and Rin Samuha Lalitpur has organized a public awareness programme entitled “Locals’ participation for drinking water disinfection” on May 23.

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Garbage disposal hit
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Kathmandu: Presenting a 50-point demand, Okharpauwa residents have stopped garbage from being dumped at the Sisdole landfill site for the past five days. A meeting to negotiate the demands of the locals was held at the Ministry of Local Development at Pulchowk but no agreement has been reached.

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10-litre water costs Rs. 2
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

By: Ram Chandra Dhakal

Kathmandu: Maruhiti Club has started charging money for collecting water from Maruhiti (a stone-spout) located near the Basantapur Durbar Square. Consumers willing to collect water from the stonespout have to pay Rs. 2 for 10-litre and Rs. 5 for 20-litre water.

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NATIONAL

Drinking water shortage in Khalanga
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 June 2009

Birendranagar: Residents of Khalanga, the district headquarter of Jajarkot, are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the dozer used in the construction of Jajarkot-Jumla road section destroyed the drinking water pipelines at dozen places.

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Residents of Ranipani to get piped water supply
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 June 2009

By: Kedar Timilsina

Dhulikhel: Residents of Ranipani, who have been consuming water from cesspool, water hole and rivulet, are going to have piped water supply after the construction of a new drinking water project. The Shanti Janaadarsha Sewa Kendra is constructing Ranipani Bagultar Drinking Water and Sanitation Project in Ranipani with financial support of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Committee.

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Arsenic beyond standards in tarai water
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 June 2009

Sarlahi: A survey has showed that the drinking water pumped out of tube-wells in 20 districts in the Tarai contains arsenic more than the standard fixed by the government. In tests conducted by National Arsenic Directorate Committee, water in over 1.1 million tube wells contained 5.72 per cent arsenic.

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Bishajari Lake gets US$ 63,000
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 08 June 2009

By: Chandani Hamal

Chitwan: Bishajari Lake has received US$ 63,000 for conservation and turning it into a tourist hotspot by the start of Lake Tourism Year 2011. The lake in Chitwan listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 1971 has received US$ 50,000 from the UNDP and will receive the remaining US$ 13,000 from other various sources.

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Robot to clean lake
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Monday, 08 June 2009

Pokhara: A student reading in grade 10 has shown his talent creating five different kinds of robots during the five years time at Pokhara of Kaski district. Tallaj Baral, 15, reading in Ratna Jyoti Boarding School has made-up a robot to clean lake at the latest. This is his fifth creation ‘Rara Jalari Robot’ which was prepared at around Rs. 25,000 of cost and can be used for clearing the dirt of the lake.

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Barred from fetching water from public tap
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Birgunj: Rambhu Saha Kanu of Srisiya VDC-5 has barred the local residents from fetching water from a public tap. The local 20 households have demanded the administration to punish Kanu and make an environment to use the tap water publicly.

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300 students affected from viral fever
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Friday, 05 June 2009

Damauli: Viral fever has affected more then 300 students of two schools at Dhorphedi VDC in Tanahun district. Sharada Primary School and Chamdi Secondary School were hit by the sudden outbreak of viral fever, said Fulbari Service Centre, Tanahun.

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Drinking water problem in Pokhara to be solved
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Friday, 05 June 2009

Pokhara: The drinking water problem in Pokhara is to be solved within a year. The Nepal Water Supply Corporation Pokhara has provided contract of laying down pipelines of a drinking water project to Nepal Aadarsha Construction Company to solve drinking water problem in Pokhara. Uddhav Raj Upadhyaya, chief, Nepal Water Supply Corporation Pokhara, said, “The contractor company has started works of laying down pipelines.”

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Dumping site to be constructed
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Baglung: The Baglung municipality is preparing to construct dumping site to manage the garbage. The municipality is going to construct dumping site Khudruke for garbage management of the city after three year of appellate court’s order of constructing dumping site to manage garbage.

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Doubt on project completion after source dried up
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009

ImageBy: Ramesh Kumar Poudel

Chitwan: People have doubts on completion of the ambitious drinking water project to be operated in Bharatpur after many taps and dug-wells in the Bharatpur city area dried up with the prolonged dry-spell. Underground water is the only source of the project. “The existing dry-spell has given glimpse of the problem to be faced while depending upon the underground water,” said Laxmikant Sharma Poudel, coordinator of Citizens’s Action Forum for Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Bharatpur municipality is operating a 230 million project for 24-hour water supply in all the households in the municipality.

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Water scarcity in Butwal
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Butwal: Butwal is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the water sources dried up with the prolonged dry-spell. Nepal Water Supply Corporation, Butwal branch stated that there has been a huge shortage of drinking water as the water sources have started to dry up due to long dry-spell.

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Concrete house sans toilet
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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Hetauda: Baikuntha village in Dandakhark VDC-5 has not yet witnessed a single toilet though the village has other different facilities. Krishna Prasad Sapkota, VDC secretary, told that the villagers have not shown interest to construct toilet as they lack knowledge on sanitation and health.

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Diarrhoea toll 15
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Jajarkot: Two more people died of diarrhoea at Ramidanda VDC, Jajarkot on May 24. With the death, the diarrhoea toll in the district has reached 15. Dhan Kumari Pun, 25, and a minor of Ramidanda-3 were the latest victims, a local resident said, adding that about 300 villagers have been suffering from the disease.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

On wastes
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 07 June 2009

The problem of garbage disposal in the capital city always seems to be there. After all no one wants garbage in their backyard. Since experts have difficulty finding dumping sites that are technically and economically viable, the authorities have little option. A serious study must be made as to how to manage the waste generated without causing trouble to the people.

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EDITORIAL

Garbage Woes: Seek Permanent Solution
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 June 2009

The government has finally struck a deal with the protesting Okharpauwa residents clearing the way for dumping garbage littering the streets of Kathmandu since the past five days. The deal came following newly-elected Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's directive (this was one of the first tasks he undertook after being sworn in on Monday) to government secretaries to address the problem on a war-footing.

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ARTICLE

City of Garbage
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 08 June 2009

By: Narayan Upadhyay

Being a city where larger number of people live than anywhere else in the country, Kathmandu experiences production of large volume of garbage and waste. A report suggests that the residents, households, hospitals, factories, industries, restaurants and hotels and others places dump around 400 tonnes of garbage and waste matters per day in the only metro city of the nation, known also as the City of Temples.

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Bagmati Waiting for Revival
Posted by Administrator   
Sunday, 07 June 2009

ImageNo scientific parameters are required to measure the level of pollution in this river; our nose and eyes are enough to detect the pollution

The talk about how Bagmati is being polluted never dies out. Everyone — be it public or organisations concerned never get exhausted talking about this topic. Various organisations working for Bagmati keep coming up with bundles of report and events in aid of the river.

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