KATHMANDU, July 28
A rainwater resource center has been established in the capital with an aim to find a solution for the festering water crisis in the Kathmandu Valley.
The center established at the premises of Lainchaur-based Nepal -Japan Library by the Center for Integrated Development (CIUD) in support of the UNDP will provide information to the people on the methods of rain water harvesting.
Likewise, a rain water collection technology has also been installed in the library so that the visitors could receive comprehensive knowledge on applying it at their homes and community, said Jeevan Kasula, a program officer at the CIUD.
According to Sthapit, around 7,000 rainwater recharge and collection units have already been established in the valley whereas the network of the NGOs aims to establish a thousand more of such units within this fiscal year.
Thus, the rainfall on 300 square kilometers of the valley is sufficient to meet the demand for water for 525 days, which means rainwater harvested during a monsoon can generate water for one and half years, according to the government´s rough estimation.
Unmanaged urbanization as well as population growth has created huge water crisis over the years which does not seem to be sorted alone from ground water that Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) extracts and distributes to the valley dwellers.
In such situation, rain water harvesting is a reliable source to store water and use in dry season, he added.
The Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board in 2010 had signed an agreement with the NGO to promote rainwater harvesting in the valley. Likewise, another contract was finalized last year with the CIUD to generate 500 million liters of rainwater.
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Published on 2013-07-30 02:16:05
A center to solve Kathmandu’s water woes