Kathmandu faces faecal sludge mgmt challenge

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 16, 2015-

Rapidly growing urban cities like Kathmandu face critical challenges in faecal sludge management due to lack of appropriate technologies to manage the faecal sludge and treat it properly before disposal.

Owing to the lack of effective sewerage connections and technologies, including the operation of waste water treatment plants, majority of the people living in Kathmandu dispose the sludge coming from their latrines either directly to the sewer lines or depend on onsite disposal including the septic tanks and pit latrines.

Moreover, almost 95 percent of the sewerage ends up in the river system, thus polluting the local environment and at the same time threatening public health, according to experts.

Inaugurating the first ever national workshop on faecal sludge management in the Capital on Monday, Minister for Urban Development (MoUD) Dr Narayan Khadka pointed out the need to improve the urban sanitation by focusing on effective management, treatment and disposal of faecal sludge generated from various sources. He put further emphasis on operation of existing waste water treatment plants.

During the first day of the two-day workshop organised by the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), the stakeholders expressed concern over the lack of seriousness in ensuring proper operation of existing waste water treatment plants established inside Kathmandu and at the same time focused on installation of treatment facilities in other rapidly growing cities across the country. 

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, only 30 pc of the urban population have toilets connected to the sewerage line while 48 percent have connected their toilets with septic tanks.

Due to lack of adequate wastewater treatment facilities, more than 95 pc of sewerage ends up in rivers without any form of treatment, thus causing river pollution.

Published: 17-03-2015 09:16

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