Area: Dhading District northeast of Kathmandu
Beneficiaries: Remote rural villages and Primary Schools
Solution: Piped water system from clean mountain water sources and construction of distribution outlets throughout the village
Impact: Avg. 600 people per village
Cost per Water Supply: From US$5,600
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Nepal's extreme physio-geography, uneven distribution of houses and villages, differences in rural, urban living systems promotes the water crisis. Water is usually available in rural river valleys, but particularly the livelihood of villages sitting on the upper parts of the hills are highly affected by scarce water availability.
Nepal is a landlocked country with an extremely challenging landscape. Many people must make long, dangerous journeys to reach water sources. In the rural lowlands and the mountains, the distance to water sources is great and water supplies are often polluted with naturally occurring arsenic. Open defecation also spreads diseases across living environments.