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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, June 22, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-06-22 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 161, June 22, 2009

Dear Readers,

It is a good initiative by the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) of supplying water through tanker services through the local consumers’ committee management to reduce social conflict. This has further supported in timely and equitable distribution of water to the urban poor. But, the consumers committees are charging additional tariff from the consumers for the water which was supplied free of cost by the KUKL.
Furthermore, there is no transparency and uniformity in the tariff rates charged by the consumers’ committees in different places in the name of repair and maintenance. We would like to bring into the kind attention of Water Supply Tariff Fixation Commission to regulate such malpractice and bring uniformity in tariff rates and monitor the committees. Otherwise, the committees can misuse the tariff collected from the low-income consumers.

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Drinking water problem increased
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

By: Krishna Kisi

Kathmandu: Consumers are facing acute water woes after the private pipeline connections ran dry. As there has been no water supply from the taps, consumers are purchasing water from private tanker operators to meet the daily water needs. Sale of bottled and jar water is in rise with the acute water crisis in the Kathmandu Valley.

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KUKL supplying only one-third of total water demand
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

By: Ishwor Kaji Khaiju

Bhaktapur: Consumers in Bhaktapur are compelled to queue up for hours in traditional stone-spouts and dug-wells after there has been no water supply to private connections in Bhaktapur city. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited Bhaktapur branch has been able to supply only one-third of total water demand in Bhaktapur. The daily water demand in Bhaktapur is about 8 million litres.

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Students' painting & writing on climate change
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Kathmandu: The students from 16 primary and secondary schools in the Khumbu region near Mount Everest had taken the opportunity to express their views on climate change and global warming through painting and writing. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) stated that the program for the students was jointly organized by ICIMOD and Initiatives for Development and the International Centre Eco Action Support (IDEAS).

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Responsibility of garbage management to private sector
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Thursday, 25 June 2009

By: Gopi Krishna Dhungana

Kathmandu: The government is involving private sector in garbage management of Kathmandu Valley. The Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre is preparing to give the responsibility of garbage management to the private sector. Till date, the municipalities have been managing garbage of their respective areas with support of the centre.

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Lagankhel Bus Park turning into dumping site
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Lalitpur: Locals and commuters alike are at the receiving end due to the heaps of stinking garbage piled up at Lagankhel Bus Park. Every passer-by has to close his nose while crossing the area, so does every passenger getting off the buses at Lagankhel, thanks to the apathy of the authorities to clear the garbage.

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Water distribution responsibility to consumers
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

By: Mahesh Chaurasiya

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has given the responsibility of distributing tanker supplied water to the consumers committee. Tanker water supply through consumers has eased the problem of water distribution to some extent in water deficit areas. KUKL has made this arrangement for the dry season.

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Fresh bid to dispose garbage on June 18
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Kathmandu: Garbage dumping, which was obstructed on June 17, will resume on June 18. A truck ferrying garbage to Okharpauwa dumping site hit three locals on May 29. Three of them were injured and hospitalized. Families of the victims blocked the way on June 17, demanding treatment expenses from the vehicle owner.

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Bagmati action plan being finalized
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Lalitpur: The National Nature Conservation Trust (NNCT) is preparing to bring a five-year Bagmati action plan aimed at protecting and conserving the Bagmati River and its tributaries from the environmental, tourism and cultural perspectives. The trust is preparing to bring the action plan for maintaining the quality and quantity of water flowing in the rivers flowing through Kathmandu Valley and protecting and conserving the ecology of the Bagmati river basin.

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NATIONAL

Fewa water for Asian Games
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Kaski: A team has come to Pokhara all the way from China to fetch water from the Fewa Lake. A 14-member Chinese team arrived in Pokhara on Saturday on a mission to make the 16th Asian Games historic by collecting water from chief rivers and lakes of Asia.

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Water scarcity in Salyan
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Salyan: Salli market is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water for the past one week after the water source at Syanipipali dried up with the long dry-spell. A local Nanda Pun told that 413 families in the market are forced to ferry filthy water from the Bheri River after the local water source dried up.

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Water scarcity
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Sankhuwasabha: Many settlements in the district are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water due to seven-month long dry-spell. Hima Khanal, principal of the Gufapokhari Primary School, Nundhaki VDC-7 told that the villagers are forced to spend 7-8 hours for drinking water as almost all the water sources in the village have dried up due to prolonged dry-spell.

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Forced to drink filthy water
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Khotang: Locals of dalit settlement here in Titina of Yamkha VDC-4 are forced to drink filthy water of Panchang River at 30 minutes walk as there is no water source nearby. Himali Club, a NGO, had constructed a drinking water project for the residents of dalit settlement but the project has not been operated yet.

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Earning of Rs. 10,000 daily by selling water
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Tanahun: A person in Tanahun is earning more than Rs. 10,000 daily by selling water. Raj Kumar Shrestha, a local of Byas municipality, has started to earn money by constructing two dug-wells in his own 6 ‘annas’ of land in Malebagar and selling water by tankers. Shrestha told that he has started water business with an objective to reduce increasing drinking shortage in Damauli.

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No open defecation in Bhutaha
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Sunsari: A children's group of Bhutaha, Sunsari has started a campaign to declare Bhutaha VDC an open defecation prohibited area. The members of the group come out early in the morning with a register book, sticks and whistles to chase away the people who defecate openly in the streets and other parts.

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Nine villages facing water shortage in Banke
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Nepalgunj: Nine villages with more than 1300 people of Banke District are facing severe water shortage as the rivers they have been using as water sources have dried out. Since there was no facility of safe drinking water supplied by the government authority, the residents of these villages were bound to drink water from the rivers and now they are having serious problem as the rivers have also dried out.

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Baglung folks visit Gulmi to fetch water
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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Baglung: About 50 households in ward nos. 8 and 9 of Darling VDC of Baglung are compelled to visit neighboring Gulmi district to fetch water as there is no water source in the village. The villagers have to walk for three hours to fetch water from a water hole in Gulmi.

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Drinking water scarcity
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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Manthali: Ten VDCs in the district including Ramechhap, Sukajor, Rampur, Okhreni, Bhaluwajor, Salu, Sunarpani, Manthali, Kathjor and Deurali VDCs are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the water sources began to dry up due to prolonged dry-spell. Rupa Magar, a local of Okhreni VDC said, “Women are forced to walk for hours to reach Fundre River and queue up there to fetch a bucket of water.”

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We feel thirsty, how to study?
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Rautahat: Though there is a school in Namuna VDC, the students are compelled to study on the floor. Furthermore, the school lacks drinking water. The students said in one voice, “We feel thirsty, how to study?” A school in Bholantar village lacks furniture and could not provide drinking water to the students as the school is reeling under acute financial crisis.

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Sentry to stop open defecation
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

By: Puskar Thapa

Dailekh: Sentries are seen in different places of Pagnath Village Development Committee in Dailekh. The sentries are not there for the enemies and any kind of war. They are there to punish those who defecate openly. A local Surendra Shahi told that locals of different settlements of Pagnath VDC work as sentries to monitor open defecation.

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Toilets handed over to Mother’s Group
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Butwal: 32 toilets constructed in Keuli of Devdaha VDC have been handed over to a local mothers’ group. Former parliamentarian Surya Prasad Pradhan handed over the toilets to Bhim Kumari Ghartimagar, president of Langhali Mothers’ Group.

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Panchawati VDC now free from open defecation
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Udayapur: Until recently, local residents at Kushum Bote in Panchawati VDC, Udayapur, opted for open areas when it came to relieving themselves. But the village has taken a pride in getting a new name—a place free from open defecation.

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Garbage in Birgunj to be collected
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Birgunj:  The garbage that has been left unattended for the past 4 days due to the agitation staged by the staffs of Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan City is going to be collected from June 16. The staffs have agitated against the manhandling of an accountant of the Sub-metropolis by some activists of Youth Front of Terai Madesh Loktantrik Party.

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Nayagaun drinking water project hand over
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Butwal: A drinking water project has been completed in Nayagaun of Butwal at an investment of Rs. 21.5 million. The government of Nepal has invested 80 percent and the consumers 20 percent in the project. President of Consumers Committee Tikaram Sapkota informed that the project will provide drinking water facility to 8,000 people of ward nos. 14 and 15 of Butwal municipality.

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Public toilet
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Basantapur (Tehrathum): A public toilet has been constructed in Myanglung, district headquarter of Tehrathum. Singhabahini Community Service Committee has constructed the public toilet with financial support from Tehrathum Hongkong Relation Forum. The committee stated that the toilet was constructed at an investment of Rs. 650000.

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Drinking water project
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Basantapur (Tehrathum): A drinking water project has been constructed in Chisapani of Ishibu Village Development Committee at an investment of Rs. 188,843.  Community Support Program has provided financial assistance to construct the project.

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ARTICLE

Eco-home For Sustainable Living
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Monday, 22 June 2009

Kathmandu: Proper disposal of waste, constant supply of water and uninterrupted power supply — these are dreams come true situation for residents of Kathmandu. Being able to solve these perpetual worries — faced by every household — within the periphery of a house would assist in sustainable management of these issues. Thus relieving the residents of major concerns troubling their daily life.

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A squalid tale of life along the Bagmati
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Monday, 22 June 2009

By: Hitesh Pant

Kathmandu: A pungent smell fixes itself in the blazing heat, while dogs, desperate for food, sniff the waste. Wet garments hang right in front of the garbage. Cigarette in hand, a woman directs her son to fetch a bucket of water from the Bagmati beside the houses. A line of several such shanties made of materials ranging from bamboo and plastic to a few with cement dot the banks of this river.

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