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Kathmandu Valley’s stone spouts were once gushing with water. Now they’re slowly disappearing.

Threatened by haphazard development and a growing water crisis, Nepal’s ancient water management system is drying up.

The few stone spouts that are still functional provide respite for many locals who still depend on them for their water needs.  Elite Joshi/TKP

Chase Brush

Om Shrestha remembers when the gold-plated stone spout near his home in Patan Durbar Square flowed round the year with water so clear you could drink it straight from the tap. As a child, he would visit the fountains morning and night, using them to bathe, brush his teeth, and collect water for his family for cooking and cleaning. Even in the winter, when water was otherwise scarce in his predominantly Newar neighbourhood, Shrestha would be amazed to find crystalline water still pouring forth from the shiny mouths of the crocodilian motifs that adorned the spouts.

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Kathmandu Metropolis to launch ‘Recharge Kathmandu’ programme

The Department of Environment Management of Kathmandu Metropolitan City is set to launch ‘Recharge Kathmandu’ programme from government offices and the houses of its employees soon. According to DoEM chief Hari Kumar Shrestha, the programme aims to raise level of groundwater of the capital city. The groundwater level of the city is depleting and needs to be recharged. Groundwater recharge is a process in which water moves downward from earth’s surface to groundwater.

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Nepal set to become open defecation-free country by Dashain

By Arpana Adhikari

Nepal will soon become a country with 100 per cent individual household toilet coverage. 

Leaving behind its neighbouring country India, and some other 80 countries of the world, Nepal is gearing up to be an open defecation-free country before this Dashain. The Ministry of Water Supply has targeted to achieve the status by the end of September. To declare Nepal as an ODF country, 11 districts and its 63 local levels have accelerated works to achieve the feat, said Devendra Kumar Jha, chief of Environmental and Sanitation Section of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage and Member Secretary of National Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee. 

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KMC to be ODF even without enough public toilets

KMC, the largest local body of the country ,has done precious little to be declared ODF zone. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration in the first week of July issued a circular to all local levels, including Kathmandu Metropolitan City, requesting them to expedite works to declare the country an open defecation free country by the end of September.

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६६ जिल्ला र ६९० स्थानीय तहपछि बल्ल काठमाडौं खुला दिसामुक्त बनाइँदै

  •  सार्वजनिक शौचालय अभावमै काठमाडाैं महानगरलाई खुला दिसामुक्त घोषणा गर्ने तयारी
  •  अब ११ जिल्ला र ६३ स्थानीय तह खुला दिसामुक्त घोषणा हुन बाँकी 

देशको राजधानी काठमाडौं महानगरभित्र पर्याप्त सार्वजनिक शौचालय छैनन् । भएका पनि व्यवस्थित छैनन् । शौचालय अभावमा महानगर क्षेत्रभित्र खुला शौच हुँदै आएको छ । महानगरको प्राथमिकतामा सार्वजनिक शौचालय सधैँ पर्ने गर्छ, तर अनेक बहानामा निर्माण भने हुँदैन । जसका कारण महानगरको आलोचनासमेत हुँदै आएको छ । यही अवस्थामा महानगरपालिकालाई खुला दिसामुक्त क्षेत्र घोषणा गर्ने तयारी भइरहेको छ ।

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