Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are all set to collaborate to improve the drinking water supply distribution channels in the Valley.
As part of the the technical capacity development project, the KUKL will replace the leaking pipelines and manually handled tools with the latest Japanese technology, authorities have stated.
At a program in the capital on Wednesday, Tsutomu Shimizu, Chief Representative of JICA-Nepal, said that the organization had realized there was an immediate need for strengthening the capacity of KUKL for expanding the water supply.
Despite the KUKL´s claim to have maintained the drinking water supply lines every year, the office estimates that around 20 percent of the water is wasted due to leakage every day.
Likewise, Ryuji Ogata, who is currently water policy advisor at Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), stated that the collaboration between the KUKL and JICA would focus on developing an internal training system.
“The three to five year-long project is in the final phase of preparation and set to be effective from 2015,” Ogata said.
The MoUD Joint Secretary Ram Chandra Devkota said that the KUKL will be in a position to supply more volume of water after the water supply system is developed technically.
“Old pipelines and manual operation are major challenges to the proper supply of water,” he added.
There is a demand of 320 million cubic liters of drinking water in the Valley everyday for 3.2 million people. Apart from the 2.6 million Valley residents, more than half million who use water are those who frequently travel to the Valley for various reasons.
However, the KUKL has the capacity to supply only 90 million liters of water to the Kathmanduties in dry seasons and 150 million liters in rainy season.
The experts from various waterworks bureaus of Japan also presented papers on water leakage prevention and human resource development.