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WASH NEWS DIGEST, March 12, 2012  [ back ]
Date: 2012-03-12 00:00:00

WASH WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST

Vol.5 No. 292, March 12, 2012


Dear Readers,

A recent study conducted by NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation has revealed 54 ponds in the Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City (LSMC). Early researches and studies had found only 39 ponds in the City. This is a good news for the Lalitpur folks that the new study has found additional 15 wells. However, it is sad that 21 out of 54 ponds do not exist anymore or have lost. The ponds have been encroached by various offices, schools, individuals, organizations and government agencies. The LSMC building was constructed by encroaching upon the Paleswan pukhoo (pond). This has shown the government’s apathy towards the conservation of traditional ponds. We should not forget that the ponds are not only culturally, traditionally and archeologically important but they have a great hand in replenishing the traditional stonespouts in Lalitpur. Therefore, this is high time to conserve and protect the remaining ponds. Otherwise, they too will be lost or encroached. The concerned authority should pay serious attention towards the conservation and protection of ponds.

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation


KATHMANDU VALLEY

Water‚ sanitation a far cry
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Monday, 12 March 2012
Kathmandu: Though Nepal is rich in water resources, above three million people are still deprived of safe drinking water and nearly 21 million people have no access to improved sanitation. A report on ‘Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation’ made public by World Health Organisation and UNICEF on March 6 shows that about 15 million people in the country are practising open defecation.

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Training for Sisdole women
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Thursday, 08 March 2012
Kathmandu: The Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre is all set to provide various trainings to women living near the Sisdole Sanitary Landfill Site. Women from four villages — Chauthe, Okharpauwa, Khumari and Duipiple will be trained in organic waste composting and recycling. “The training will begin from March 25 for women from the four VDCs,” said Sumitra Amatya, executive director at the centre.


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'Toilets key in girls' education'
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Thursday, 08 March 2012
Kathmandu: As the world prepares to mark the year’s International Women’s Day, those working in the sectors of education and sanitation have said building and managing toilets for girl students is key to improving their education status. The call comes at a time when around 60 per cent of Nepali girl students are forced to use open spaces due to lack of basic girl-friendly facilities in school toilets –– sufficient water, small incinerator to manage sanitary pads and lack of privacy.

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Robots to create awareness against Bagmati pollution
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012
 Kathmandu: At a time when the government’s plans to save the rich natural and cultural significance of the Bagmati River have failed to make discernible impact, engineering students have prepared robots to create awareness about restoring the ‘holiness’ of this river. Robotics Club of Pulchowk Campus is organizing a new edition of robot competition where robots’ task is to collect the degradable and non-degradable wastes from the river, make manure from degradable waste and use it for tree plantation to help revive greenery along the riverside.

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Three companies sealed for illegal water extraction
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
By: Kalpana Ghimire

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board has sealed three companies in Bhaktapur for extracting groundwater without obtaining license from the board. A monitoring team led by the board has sealed My Shop Dry Cleaners, Balkumari Dyeing and Batuk Bhairav Sand Processing Centre for ignoring the board’s notice to obtain license for extracting groundwater for commercial purposes.

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Metro clean-up drive fails to make difference
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Monday, 05 March 2012
Kathmandu: A Kathmandu Metropolitan City initiative launched five months ago to control haphazard disposal of waste has failed to make much of a difference. KMC has fixed time and places for the disposal of waste, but neither waste throwers nor collectors have bothered to play by the rule, says Rabin Man Shrestha, deputy chief at KMC’s Environment Management Department.

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Nepal National Water Week to be celebrated
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Monday, 05 March 2012
Kathmandu: Nepal National Water Week-2012 is going to be celebrated from March 17 to 23 this year. A 53-member National Water Week-2012 Main Organizing Committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Secretary at the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat Bishwo Prakash Pandit.

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KUKL water contaminated: NAST
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Monday, 05 March 2012
By: Arjun Poudel

Kathmandu: The water supplied by Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is highly contaminated, a report prepared by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), says. According to the report, NAST collected samples from different areas of the capital for test. “Bacteriological pollution of drinking water may be due to the failure to disinfect water at the treatment plants,” the report said. It also attributed contamination to poor monitoring.

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Bid to harvest 5 million litres of rainwater
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Friday, 02 March 2012
 By: Pragati Shahi

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB) under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPWs) has launched a campaign to harvest and recharge five million litres of rainwater inside the Kathmandu Valley this year. On Tuesday, KVWSMB with the support of the Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) has launched the campaign to recharge the ground water sources and minimise the existing water woes particularly during the four-month dry season starting February.

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18 historical ponds have been lost
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Thursday, 01 March 2012
 Kathmandu: Eighteen historical ponds in different places of Lalitpur have been lost owing to the construction of high-rise buildings and commercial complexes. A study conducted by NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation about the condition of ponds in Lalitpur has revealed that 18 ponds have been lost due to different causes.


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Survey of Larke and Yangri begins next year
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
By: Dhruba Dangal

Kathmandu: The government is preparing to conduct study of Yangri and Larke Rivers as per its plan to bring additional 340 million litres of water per day from the Yangri and Larke Rivers in the third phase. The government aims to bring 170 million litres of water daily from Melamchi River to Sundarijal in the first phase, supply water in the Kathmandu Valley from Sundarijal in the second phase and bring additional 17 million litres of water each from the Yangri and Larke Rivers in the third phase.
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NATIONAL

Toilets to keep girls in school
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Monday, 12 March 2012
By: Tularam Pandey

Kalikot: Construction of girls’ toilets in government schools in Kalikot district has helped girl students, who faced several problems during school hours without the facility. According to the District Education Office, 55 girls’ toilets were constructed last year while 48 are under construction. Construction of each toilet costs Rs 200,000.


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Rupatar VDC faces shortage of drinking water
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Monday, 05 March 2012
Gaighat: With the sharp increase in deforestation and changes in climate pattern, the locals of remote village of Rupatar have been facing acute shortage of drinking water. The people residing at Madaley, Adhmara, Rajdaha, Kataharey, Kawastar and Kumaltar and other wards of the VDC have been facing scarcity of drinking water, said former Chairperson of the Rupatar VDC, Yuba Raj Raut.

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Government offices do not clear water bills
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
By: Hadish Khuddar

Janakpur: Nepal Water Supply Corporation is bearing a loss of millions of rupees. Thanks to the government offices that have not cleared their long standing water bills, the corporation is bearing financial loss. The corporation is yet to collect Rs. 2.4 million from 23 government offices and Rs. 8.2 million from its 2677 consumers.

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INTERNATIONAL

'Occupy Men's Toilet' catches on in China
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Thursday, 01 March 2012
Beijing: China's 'Occupy Men's Toilet' protests to highlight inadequate lavatories for women in the country is gathering steam with a group of girl students using men's toilets in the capital. Styled on the lines 'Occupy Wall Street protests' in the US, the women protesters, mostly students, used men's toilets at Deshengmen here yesterday to prevail on the authorities to improve sanitary facilities for ladies.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Supply Safe Potable Water
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Monday, 12 March 2012
It is our belief that the quality of the piped water supplied by the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited in the Kathmandu Valley needs to be improved from the sanitary point of view. The contaminated water causes diseases like typhoid and each year a considerable number of people in the Valley fall prey to such diseases solely or largely because of unhygienic state of the water supplied.

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Concern
Posted by Administrator   
Friday, 09 March 2012
This is to share my concern with letter writer Susmita Hamal’s letter “Unhygienic” (THT, Mar. 6, Page 8) regarding the scarcity of clean public toilets in this city. Perhaps the most unforgivable egregious example is that of the Nepal Tourism Board which is supposed to attract tourists.

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Water woes
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 08 March 2012
I have been paying my water bills each month but I really don't remember how long is it since I last saw water flowing out of tap in my house. This predicament, I am sure, applies to a large number of households in my vicinity and in Kathmandu. But on the other hand, surprisingly, some of the households are enjoying over flowing water supply.

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Unhygienic
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012
There are few public toilets in Kathmandu, and it’s not the only problem. The problem is similar with the existing public toilets as well. The poor hygienic and badly maintained public toilets can be found everywhere in the cities. Everyone who has visited there may have faced the same problems like they are not properly cleaned, stinky, without water, no locks, etc. Even though we pay Rs. 5 to Rs. 10 we are not able to get good, hygienic toilets.

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Even treated water is not potable
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
In recent times, the print media and TV channels have continuously highlighted the improper functioning of water treatment plants and contaminated water supply by the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL). To know the ground reality behind the media coverage, NGO Forum too prepared for an observation visit to some water sources and treatment plants in the Kathmandu Valley.
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ARTICLE

Simple fixes
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Monday, 12 March 2012
 By: Deependra Bista

For the residents of Naglebhare VDC, 30 km from the centre of Kathmandu, this last year has been life-changing. The dearth of water and sanitation facilities in the area in the past had made it an extremely un-sanitary place to live in, but the problem appears largely rectified today.

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Quarters for squatters
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Monday, 05 March 2012
B y: Deependra Bista

Newspapers have been publishing news about the government’s readiness to demolish slums built on encroached land on the banks of the Bagmati river. Due to the encroachment, Kathmandu metro city has become polluted. It has been losing its natural, cultural, historical and sociological beauty.

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