Nepal Ministry of Water Supply to Draft ‘New Integrated Law’

According to the Nepal Water Supply Ministry, only 19% of Nepal’s total population has access to safe and processed water
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Nepal Ministry of Water Supply to Draft ‘New Integrated Law’

It comes as a relief that the Nepal Government is preparing to draft a new integrated law to address its citizens ‘safety concerns’ on drinking water but it is noteworthy that 13 percent of the country’s population is still far away from access to drinking water.

Nearly 87 percent of Nepal’s population now receives water supply. However, the access to ‘safe drinking water’ is still a question.

According to the Nepal Ministry of Water Supply, only 19 percent of Nepal’s total population has access to safe and processed water. This is on account of the Nepal Government’s focused attention of increasing the reach of water supply to its entire population.

Nepal Drinking Water SupplyNepal Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) officials said that they are now beginning to shift focus to provision of ‘processed drinking water’ as 80 percent of the communicable diseases in the country are caused due to contaminated water and poor sanitation.

Nepal Department of Health Services’ Epidemiology and Disease Control Division Head Dr. Ojha seconded this when he said, “The patients we treat have health issue mostly related to drinking unsafe water. We are only the first response party.”

DWWS officials have identified inadequate protection of water sources and waterways, open defecation near resources and poor maintenance causing cross leakage of sewer water pipes led to bacterial contamination of water.

Nepal Drinking Water Statistics:

  • In 2009, water-borne diseases took away many human lives in Jakarkot and further spread to nine hilly districts, killing over 200 people and disrupting more than 10,000 families in 100 village development countries
  • Province 5 stands at the ‘top’ in the list, when it comes to provision of basic drinking water, while Karnali comes last
  • According to DWSS statistics, 98.97 percent of Province 5 population has access to basic drinking water
  • 45 percent of the population in Karnali province has access to basic drinking water
  • Ministry records indicate that 51.95 percent of the country’s population receives basic drinking water through pipeline, while 21.58 percent receive water from personal wells

“The new law has provisions to fix these problems and the bill has separate provisions to conserve water sources,” said Gopal Bhattarai, Nepal Water Supply Ministry official.

August 22, 2018 |

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