Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal is one of the water sector projects funded partly by the Finnish Development Aid funds. The aim of the project is to improve the access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene in Western Nepal.
Accessibility is one of the main challenges for clean water supply in western parts of Nepal. However, the project has managed to improve the access of clean water and sanitation even for people living in some of the most remote areas of Nepal. This way it is possible to improve the health of the population, the economic development and also the equality in the society.
This week the inauguration day for one of the schemes of the project in the Syangja district of Nepal took place. A scheme called Solar Lift Drinking Water Supply had proceeded and was ready to operate.
In the scheme, a solar system lifting drinking water up to the remote hill municipality called Harinas was built. With the help of solar power, the water is lifted within reach of the people in the municipality. Gravity takes care of the completion of the circulation.
Our Ambassador Jorma Suvanto could not make it to the inauguration event in person this time, but he delivered a speech in the event.
In his speech, Suvanto emphasized the importance of the access to clean water. When the water does not have to be fetched from far, it spares valuable time and resources in the communities. Clean water is also fundamentally important for health–the access to clean water saves lives.
The Ambassador paid attention to the strong gender equality aspect of the project. Fetching water has usually been a task for the women in Nepal. Therefore, the improved access to water spares above all the resources of women and girls of the communities. In general, it is important that also decision making, water related training and the role of women as beneficiaries related to water supply are concerned.
The training component is significant concerning the third point that Suvanto raised in his speech. Providing clean water also creates new maintenance opportunities and sustainability responsibilities for the people of the municipality. In order to be sustainable, the water scheme demands regular maintenance and repair, which is primarily a responsibility of the people of the municipality.