Water: Kathmandu Biggest Problem
Inadequate access to water was ranked as the number one problem across all six areas. The problem is so critical that most communities and individuals rely on alternate sources of water. As is evident from the infographic below, the majority of households in our survey areas rely on jar water, followed by a significant portion buying water tankers. Meanwhile, much fewer households rely on public taps, demonstrating the deteriorating condition of natural water sources. There are also a few examples of ground water being pumped into a community tank.
While we have anecdotal evidence to suggest that there is massive ground water pumping at the household level through borewells and tubewells, many respondents did not point to this source.
We are all used to purchasing water alternatives for ourselves. Therefore, we may not always consider the massive cost associated with buying water. Let us look at it through a caste study:
A total of 14 people occupy a three-story house in Kathmandu. One water tanker, or 7000 litres of…