Importance and Shortage of Drinking Water in Nepal

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Water is one of the essential conditions of life. The poor economic condition, difficult landscape, poor technology and insufficient planning are causing wastage of water in Nepal. This note contains a description of importance and shortage of drinking water in Nepal.
Importance and Shortage of Drinking Water in Nepal

Importance of Water

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Water is one of the essential conditions of life. Only the earth has a life because of water. But drinking water should be clean and free from contamination. If it is contaminated, it causes many diseases. The health of people greatly depends on the quality of drinking water. Supply of poor drinking water may affect the manpower provision of development because unhealthy people cannot be useful manpower. The demand for drinking water is growing with population growth and urbanization. It is the prime duty of the government to make the proper supply of drinking water to its citizens while it is consumer's duty to cooperate with the distribution system and help make proper utilization.

Distribution system of drinking water

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1. Source

2. Tank near the source

3. Water valve (key) controlling water

4. Reservoir for storing water for a long time consumption

5. Tap

6. Cement-plastered region

7. Branch pipelines to supply to other taps

8. Outlet to waste water

9. Pipe for disposal of excess water

Storage of our drinking water

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Nepal is the second richest country in the world in water resources. There are more than 6000 rivers and rivulets. Many of these are snow-fed or perennial. There are quite many lakes in our country. In the Terai and Kathmandu valley, underground water can easily be supplied. There is also good monsoon rain at least in monsoon. Though rich in resources, we are thirsty. We have not been able to make proper use of these vast resources. The poor economic condition, difficult landscape, poor technology and insufficient planning are causing wastage of water. Hardly about 60% of the people in Nepal have access to good water. The scarcity is very acute in dense cities. Kathmandu has long been waiting for the completion of Melamchi project which has been prolonging. In addition, these sources of drinking water are getting polluted due to garbage, sewage, and improper use. people are also not very aware of the need for safe drinking water.

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SN Plan Aim of the 3-yr interim plan Achievement
1 Basic drinking water service: Total population to be benefited 85% 80%
2 Safe drinking water service: Total population to be benefited 15% 10.5%
3 Sanitation service: Total population to be benefited 60% 43%

Things needed

Nowadays there is a shortage of drinking water due to an explosive growth of population. The government should give topmost priority to the supply of safe drinking water. Large projects should be launched with international assistance for the supply of water in large city areas. Consumers must be alert about water leakage and environmental pollution. Uncontrolled urbanization also needed to be checked.

Things to remember
  • Water is one of the essential conditions of life.
  • Nepal is the second richest country in the world in water resources.
  • Source, tank near the source, water valve controlling water, reservoir, cement plastered region, branch pipelines to supply, an outlet to waste water and pipe for disposal of excess water are the distribution system of water.
  • Poor economic condition, difficult landscape, poor technology and insufficient planning are causing wastage of water in Nepal.
  • The sources of drinking water are getting polluted due to garbage, sewage, improper use and lack of awareness about the need for safe drinking water.
  • It includes every relationship which established among the people.
  • There can be more than one community in a society. Community smaller than society.
  • It is a network of social relationships which cannot see or touched.
  • common interests and common objectives are not necessary for society.
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