Kathmandu, May 3 : The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Ltd (KUKL) has intensified fixing leakage problems in the water supply system utilising the lockdown time.
Generally, it is quite challenging to repair leaky pipes in the busy roads. So, during lockdown, the leakage problem has been fixed at 100 locations, the KUKL said. The KUKL said it has been getting required cooperation and coordination from the Department of Roads and traffic police to repair the leaking pipes.
Precautionary measures have been taken in repairing works, said KUKL CEO Milan Kumar Shakya.
Leakage fixing works have been already completed in Gaushala Chowk, Baneshwor and Battisputali areas and the works will begin at Koteshwor Chowk within the next few days. It is said generally, 40 percent drinking water goes to waste due to leakage in the Kathmandu Valley which usually faces a water shortage.
The durability of water pipes also matters in the leakage problems. According to CEO Shakya, GI pipes have been used in most locations and these pipes are less durable. But we have to supply waters from these pipes at least for a year and the leakage problem is likely frequent until such pipes are replaced by high quality pipes.
In dry season, only 90 million liters of water is available in the Kathmandu Valley and this quantity is sufficient to meet only 21 percent of the total demand. The KUKL has launched a mobile App to receive complaints from the consumers.