Women lead Safe Drinking Water practice in community
By Upama Tamla (Rai) - Media Associate
Nepal is regarded as one of the richest countries in water resources but people have problem of water scarcity. Department of Water Supply and Sewerage estimates 80% of the total population to have access to drinking water, however it's safety cannot be guaranteed. People of larger cities like Kathmandu valley are even more devoid of access to adequate and safe drinking water due to its growing population. Especially women, who are mostly assigned to look after household chores, struggle to collect and manage water storage for their families.
To minimize the hardship, Hamro Sankalpa Mahila Samuha, a women group of Chyasal, Lalitpur came forward last year. They installed water tank and adopted water purification technique in their community with ECCA’s support. Ms. Kanchi, one of the members of the group took the initiation and started to distribute WATASOL (chlorine solution used for water disinfection) treated water in her community soon after the earthquake.
“Everyone dreaded the outbreak of water borne diseases. We feel that we have taken action to prevent it”, says Byanjankar. Currently the supply is enough for about 90 households in the locality.
This initiation has not only helped to provide adequate and safe drinking water to the community but also has contributed towards women empowerment and entrepreneurship by bringing them together to solve a common problem.
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