Reports Monitoring of RWH Systems in Salyan, Dailekh, Syangja and Gorkha Districts




Monitoring of RWH Systems in Salyan, Dailekh, Syangja and Gorkha Districts


Rainwater Harvesting has proven to be a feasible alternative water source in challenging environments where other means of water supply have very little or no approach. RWH is the suitable solution for water supply particularly in hills where there is still devoid of access to safe and adequate drinking water due to the complex geography, scattered settlements and the declining water sources, an impact of climate change.  

With the aim to acquire the current scenario and the monitor the progress of using RWH systems, the selected project sites of Biogas Sector Partnership Nepal (BSP-N), Helvetas and Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) were visited in four project districts - Salyan (Korbang Jhimpe and Kupindedaha VDCs), Syangja (Kolma Barahachaur VDC), Dailekh (Seri VDC), and Gorkha (Finam VDC). These projects were supported by RAIN Foundation, The Netherlands. Such monitoring  of the installed systems through field observation and  informal interviews with local communities is necessary for appropriate use and further improvement of the technology that will directly benefit the consumers and provide foundations for further development creating desirable sustainability of such projects and its replications in other districts in near future.

With the installation of RWHS, the drudgery of water collection had reduced significantly in all project areas and the communities had received benefits such as time saving, easy access to water, better attendance of children to school, better hygiene, improved diet, etc.  Although the rainwater harvesting programmes have been accepted by the local communities, yet many respondents interviewed, find it difficult to consume rainwater and only use them for other activities like cleaning, washing, cattle feeding, kitchen gardening etc. due to the lack of knowledge that rainwater is drinkable and have poor water quality and also they are still habituated to previous water sources despite the difficulties. The systems were found well functioning in all schools visited and have well addressed the issues of menstrual hygiene among teenage girl students, resulting into their better academic performances.

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