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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, June 15, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-06-15 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 160, June 15, 2009

Dear Readers,

At the present time when the water supply utility has not been able to meet the daily water requirements of its consumers, water business is on rise in the Kathmandu Valley. Not only the bottled water companies are thriving in the present water crisis, some people are making profit out from the drinking water. Water is not a commodity to buy and sell but some people are purchasing water from the private tanker operators and selling the same in litres to the local consumers. Those who have some space in their house construct huge tank and fill the tank with the water purchased from the private tanker operators. Later, they sell the water to the consumers in litres like the petrol pump operators do. Purchasing water in litres has been a good option for them who cannot afford to purchase 4,000-litres and more at once.
The water stressed consumers say that it better to purchase water in litres than waiting for piped water supply which is not according to schedule. Home-based water business has given some respite to those tenants who rarely get some water from their landlords. How can the landlords provide water to the tenants when the piped water supply is not enough for them?
So, the water supply utility should explore local water sources to meet the ever increasing water demand in the valley. It can also make necessary arrangement to provide water in small quantities to those consumers who lives in slums and squatters.

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

1-litre water costs 50 paisa
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Monday, 22 June 2009

By: Rubi Rauniyar

Kathmandu: Subarna Bajracharya, a local of Dallu, has started business of water targeting the water stressed denizens of his own area. He has been running the water business for the past three months. This has given some respite to the locals from drinking water problem who get water supply only once in two weeks.

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Ruptured pipelines damage roads
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Kathmandu: Leaking water from old pipelines has damaged black topped roads and made pot holes in many parts of Kathmandu. Balram Mishra, chief of Kathmandu Road Division Office told that 75 percent road damages in Kathmandu is caused by leaking water supply pipelines. He told that he has drawn attention of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited which is supplying drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Heritage walk conducted
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Monday, 22 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: As part of the ongoing Bagmati river festival, a cultural walk was organised on June 13 from Kalmochan to Teku Dovan. The walk was to provide a platform for all those interested to express their concerns about the river. The walk, which began at 7:30 am, saw nearly 50-60 people come together. Megh Ale, founder of Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), said that one may wonder that how a walk is relevant to the cleanliness to the river, but both are connected.

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Locals reconstructing buried pond
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Lalitpur: At the time when many ponds and lakes in the Kathmandu valley are in dilapidated condition due to lack of agency to conserve and preserve them, the residents of Sainthu of Lalitpur are engaged in reconstructing a buried pond.

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Emphasizing awareness on World Environment Day
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: Amidst the presence of environmentalists, students and French delegates, Alliance Française Kathmandu (AFK) and Environment and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO) jointly celebrated the World Environment Day 2009 on June 5 at the AFK premises.

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Say no to plastic
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Kathmandu: Kathmandu University School of Arts will organize an awareness programme, ‘Say No to Plastic for a Clean and Healthy Environment’ on June 13 at Bhatbhateni Supermarket. The event will raise awareness about plastic usage and its harms. The organizers said they will request people to replace the use of plastic bags with recyclable bags.

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Sisdole landfill site running out of space
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Kathmandu: The Sisdole Landfill Site is running out of space and cannot accommodate garbage generated from the Kathmandu Valley for long time. All the five municipalities inside the Kathmandu Valley generate nearly 500 tonnes of garbage daily and transfer the garbage to the Sisdole landfill site.

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Waste management difficult
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

By: Suraj Kunwar

Kathmandu: The Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilization Centre, responsible to manage waste in the country, has warned the government that it cannot manage waste of the capital city. The centre under the Ministry of Local Development stated that it cannot manage waste due to lack of long-term planning of the government and support from the political parties.

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7,000 litres water in just Rs. 50
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

By: Pratibha Baskota

Siddhipur (Lalitpur): How much do you pay for a litre of bottled mineral water? “Rs. 20, Rs. 25”. If you visit an expensive shop then it will cost you Rs. 100 for a litre of water but the residents of Siddhimangal VDC in Lalitpur pay only Rs. 50 for 7,000 litres of potable water.

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Only God can preserve ponds
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

ImageBy: Ramita Dangol

Kathmandu: After realizing it is next to impossible to prevent people from polluting ponds, Thecho locals have devised a novel approach -- building temples on them. Shree Maha Jal Pushkarniya (SMJP) pond of Thecho VDC of Lalitpur stands as the example. Locals collected funds to build a Buddha statue at the center of the pond and it was inaugurated by Gyanpurnik Mahasthaveer, head monk of Bishwashanti Bihar, in August 2006.

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NATIONAL

Water projects in limbo
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Jajarkot: Many drinking water projects in the district, which began under the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank two years ago, are still in limbo. Delay in starting construction work and freezing of the apportioned budget due to irregularities have made the projects uncertain.

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Typhoid and Jaundice patients on rise
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Myagdi: Jaundice and typhoid patients are on rise in the district hospital due to consuming contaminated drinking water. Lab technician at the Myagdi hospital Shankar Poudel told that about 25 patients visit the hospital daily out of which 10 are typhoid patients and 4 are jaundice patient.

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Madhumalla VDC in grip of water crisis
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

By: Manoj Shrestha
 
Morang: Locals of Madhumalla VDC in eastern Morang are facing shortage of clean drinking water. The locals have no alternative but to drink water from the nearby stream, Nunsari, which is used for irrigating the fields. People of ward nos. 1 and 2 of Madhumalla VDC have not been affected as they use water pumps and tube wells to draw water.

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Water shortage hits Dipayal
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Dipayal: Residents of Dipayal are compelled to use water from the Seti River for overall domestic purposes since last week as the water source has dried up due to dry-spell.  President of Doti Hotel Entrepreneurs Association Khemraj Makari told that hotel business is hit hard by acute water shortage.

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Sanitation contributors honored
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Kavre: Thirteen organizations including Bhim Gautam, correspondent of Rajdhani daily and Image Channel Kavre, and Namo Buddha Community F.M. Kavre have been honored for their contribution to drinking water and sanitation sector. Journalist Gautam has been felicitated with Sanitation Promotion Journalism Award in a programme organized on the occasion of 10th National Sanitation Week.

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Open defecation free VDC
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Kapilvastu:  The Banganga VDC has been declared an open defecation free zone in midst of a programme organized on June 10.

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Squatter woman sold ornament to construct toilet
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Lamjung: A squatter woman of Lamjung has constructed a toilet by selling her ornament. Jitmaya Magar of Bhoteodar VDC-8 invested her hard-earned money and sold her gold earrings and a goat to construct a concrete toilet at an investment of Rs. 10,000. She has constructed the toilet after realizing the importance of toilet.

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Drinking water project handover
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Butwal: The Nayagaun Drinking Water and Sanitation Project constructed in Butwal municipality at an investment of Rs. 21.5 million has been handed over to the consumers committee on June 10. Deputy Director General of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Bishwomani Gyawali handed over the drinking water project to the consumers committee.

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Street drama on the occasion of Sanitation Week
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Parbat: A street drama has been presented here on June 9 on the occasion of 10th National Sanitation Week to widely inform the mass about the importance of toilet. Samaj Sudhar Sewa Munch has presented a street drama called 'Toilet of Shaktiman' in Cyclechok of Katubchaupari VDC.

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Water scarce in Jajarkot
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

By: Rajendra Karki

Jajarkot: Many VDCs of the district are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. 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 facing drinking water problem.  According to District Drinking Water and Sanitation Sub-Division Office, only 25,572 out of 32,355 households in 30 VDCs i.e. 79.04 percent population have access to drinking water.

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Khudruke area suitable to construct landfill site
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

By: Gyanendra Gautam

Baglung: The Baglung municipality has finalized the location to construct landfill site for managing waste. The All-party Dumping Site Feasibility Study Committee has approved Khudruke area as the appropriate location to construct landfill site. The concerned officials told that the city denizens will get respite from garbage problem for the next 15 years after the construction of landfill site in Khudruke area.

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Water shortage due to municipality’s negligence
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Panauti: Residents of Malpi village in Kavre are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the tank got damaged and water sources started to dry up with the prolonged dry-spell. The locals who used to get piped water supply in their own courtyard are compelled to wait for hours to fetch a bucketful of water.

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Ferrying water on mules
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Rukum: Residents of Chaurjahari, chief commercial centre of the district, are facing acute shortage of drinking water. They are compelled to ferry water on mules from the Bheri River as the water sources have dried up due to long dry-spell.

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Obstruction in Sisne Drinking Water Project
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

By: Sher Bahadur KC

Butwal: Residents of ward nos. 1 and 4 of Dovan VDC have obstructed the construction works of Sisne Drinking Water Project that was started 12 years ago to solve drinking water problem in Butwal. The residents living near the source of the Sisne River in Palpa, have obstructed the project’s construction, claiming that the water from the river is not even sufficient for the villages’ drinking and irrigation needs.

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Toilet construction materials to 120 households
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Dhulikhel:  On the occasion of 10th National Sanitation Week 2065, toilet construction materials have been distributed to 120 households in the service area of two schools in Bhimkhori VDC of Kavre. Pans and pipes for constructing toilet have been distributed to 76 households in the service area of Shree Krishna Primary School and 56 households in the service area of Jugeshwor Primary School in the coordination of Shanti Janaadarsha Sewa Kendra Dhulikhel.

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Forced to walk for an hour to fetch water
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Taplejung: Locals of two settlements in Furumba are forced to walk for an hour to fetch water. A local Tej Bahadur Bhattarai told that a primary school and 35 households in Lamathan and Bhalukhop settlement of Furumba-2 are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water.

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Patients on rise
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Sankhuwasabha: Number of patients has increased in the district hospital. The hospital blamed contaminated drinking water and climate change for rise in diarrhoea patients. Over hundred patients suffering from fever, diarrhoea, dysentery and typhoid visit the hospital daily.

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Drinking water project
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Basantapur (Tehrathum): Construction works of a drinking water project in Sungnam VDC of Tehrathum has been completed. The Consumers Committee stated that the drinking water project was completed at an investment of Rs. 0.6 million including financial support from the donor, DDC, Sungnam VDC and labour contribution from the locals.

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Commitment to use toilet
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Hetauda: Residents of Hadikhola, who have been defecating in the open, have expressed commitment to use toilet from June 8. In a programme organized here on June 8, about 69 households in Hadikhola VDC-7 have expressed not to defecate in the open and make habit of using toilet.

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Viral fever grips two Tanahun schools
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Tanahun: Students of Janajyoti Higher Secondary School and Dharma Primary school of Bhimad VDC have been suffering from viral fever for the past few days. According to KhimakantaParajuli, principal of Janajyoti Higher Secondary School, 40 students of the school had been suffering from high fever.

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Water shortage hits studies
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Tikapur: Water shortage has affected the daily studies in Sambhu Sunanda Primary School at Chuha VDC of Kailali. Principal of the school Keshav Prasad Subedi told that water shortage has hampered the studies as the students visit their homes to drink water.

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Open toilet free zone
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Monday, 15 June 2009

Lamjung: In a bid to promote the use of toilets, Bhoteodar village of Lamjung has been declared as an open toilet free zone. The initiative has been taken jointly by local schools and the Drinking Water and Sanitation Division office. The office has constructed toilets in 1078 households of the district with a view to encourage the locals to use toilets.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Commendable
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Banning plastic bags in the zoo is a commendable step taken by the authorities of the Zoo. When animals eat them then they are likely to suffocate. This would stop animals from chewing them.

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Wastage
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

We are facing shortage of water. But in some places, there is leakage of water from the mains on roads. I would like to bring to notice four such places on the road from Pulchowk to Jhamsikhel.

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Admirable
Posted by Administrator   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009

This is reference to the news “Central zoo bans plastic bags”, (THT, June 5). It is a very appreciable and admirable act of the country’s only zoo to ban plastic bags within its premises. I wish this will bring awareness among those who prefer polythene plastic bags even to carry small commodities. The consumption of such plastic bags should be banned within the country and not only the zoo.

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ARTICLE

Nepal bearing brunt of Climate Change
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: The whole world is battling with the threats of climate change and Nepal is no exception. Nepal is vulnerable to the threats of changing climate, as it has been pointed as the hot spot of climate change in a report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Environmentalists warn of more hazardous days ahead, for the world, as the harmful impacts are not just limited to the natural environment for humans are also witnessing the direct consequences.

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Rain check
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

ImageBy: Roma Aryal

With the scarcity of water becoming a persistent problem in the Valley, the Alliance Française, a language institute and event organizer, has introduced a rainwater harvesting system at its office in Tripureshwor, which is visited by at least 450 people a week.

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