ADB loans $130m to improve water supply and sanitation

Kathmandu

Sep 28, 2018-

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $130 million to improve access to community-managed water supply and sanitation in 20 urban municipalities of Nepal.

“Unmanaged rapid urban growth and lack of improved water supply and sanitation have led to environmental degradation, public health risks, rising urban poverty, and increased vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards,” said ADB Senior Urban Development Specialist Alexandra Vogl. “Building on the experience of three previous ADB projects, the project will finance climate-resilient and accessible water supply and sanitation infrastructure and strengthen capacity in the communities and utility operators to deliver services over the long term.”

Nepal has made strong efforts to improve access to water supply and sanitation, increasing coverage since 2000. However, in 2016, only 34 percent of water supply was reported to be safe and 15 percent met the national water quality standards, the ADB said in a press statement. More efforts are also needed to improve sanitation, given that only 34 percent of urban households have septic tanks and only 15 percent have sewer connections, it said.

The new project will support the installation or repair of 1,600 kilometres of water supply pipes and 15 water treatment plants each with an estimated capacity of 600,000 litres a day. This will result in 66,000 households being connected to piped water. About 8,000 toilets will also be constructed along with 20 public toilets suitable for both genders and the disabled. Among other activities, the project will construct two wastewater treatment plants and 30 km of stormwater drainage.

The total cost of the project is $178.5 million, of which the government and beneficiaries will contribute $48.5 million. (PR)

Published: 28-09-2018 08:19

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