“Water Is Right”

RAJEDNRA ARYAL, president of FEDWASAN, is a well known activist in the water and sanitation sector.<br>

March 29, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 04 No.-19 Mar.25-2011 (Chaitra 11,2067)

What is the present situation of clean and safe water availability in Nepal?


A recent report says that only 18% of the total water projects are running successfully. And out of the remaining ones, some have to be retrofitted and others are in a pathetic condition which needs total fixing. In case of Katmandu Valley, people have to suffer a lot as Melamchi Project has been facing a lot of problems. If the leakage of water and the years old pipes are checked then the supply would have been not much complicated as it is now.


The government has planned to provide water and sanitation to all Nepalese by 2017. Do you think the target can be met?


Many government's organizations, INGO's and NGO's are working hard to meet the target. As aforementioned report comes to light we are going to have a hard time meeting the goal and indeed we have to work on the joint efforts. But there is hope, as the access to water has increased to 80% from 76% and even the sanitation has increased to 43%.


Which water is clean and safe?


Lab tested water is clean and safe. In case of Nepal, the government has planned to establish water testing labs in five development regions of the country targeting the safety of urban people's water consumption. We need to translate our commitment into reality in celebrating the world water day.


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