Drinking water supply in the Kathmandu valley less than one-third of demand

File: Drinking water supply in Kathmandu has always remained scarce.
File: Drinking water supply in Kathmandu has always remained scarce.

Kathmandu, December 19

The existing drinking water supply in the Kathmandu valley is less than one-third of the demand.

The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) distributes around 130 million litres of water on a daily basis despite the demand of around 430 million litres.

The supply further goes down in March, April and May as the distribution is around 110 million litres. But, during rains, the distribution reaches up to 160 million litres.

Shortage of drinking water is a constant issue in the Kathmandu valley for a long. The valley denizens are forced to seek alternative sources for water for daily needs as the supply from the KUKL is insufficient.

Sometimes, the distribution remains halted for many days.

According to the KUKL, 237,000 taps have been fixed in the valley.

Water from Sundarijal, Mahadevkhola, Nakkhu, Shesh Narayan, Hititole, Saatmul, Kuturi, Devaki, Basuki, Balkhu river, Muldole, Charghare, Bishnumati, Panchmane, Chhahare, and Alle have been collected and distributed in Kathmandu.

In some areas, the underground water is supplied as water collected from natural resources is insufficient At present, underground water is pulled from around 80 locations for distribution.

The KUKL is preparing to add around 10 million of underground water in the supplies from this year.

A study shows the demand for water increases by some 10 per cent each year in the Kathmandu valley. Growing population, a rise in the physical construction works and drying natural water resources have posed challenges in the water supplies.

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