Kathmandu, November 17
The government is soon launching the piloting phase of a new urban water supply project in Pokhara with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
On Monday, the Ministry of Water Supply, Nepal Water Supply Corporation and JICA signed an agreement on the technical cooperation project to improve water supply system in urban cities of the country.
JICA Nepal in a statement says the project will improve the accessibility of safe water and satisfaction of customer services. “The activities will be primarily piloted in the Pokhara branch.”
Despite bearing responsibility as a public utility to provide water supply service to 23 major cities of Nepal, the corporation continues to suffer a meagre service delivery capacity, the aid agency notes, adding the project will improve operation and maintenance capacity, tariff collection capacity, human resource development capacity to name a major few components of the project.
Nepal has a target to meet the national SDG goal to provide 90% of households with access to piped water supply by 2030.