Only 4% of Karnali Province population has access to safe drinking water

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Kathmandu, March 23. A preliminary analysis report from the 2021 National Census reveals that up to 96 percent of the population in Karnali Province lacks access to safe and pure drinking water.

“Only four percent of the total population of 1,694,889 in the province has access to clean drinking water,” Senior Divisional Engineer at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Gopal Sharma reported.

He also said that 86 percent of people in the province have access to basic drinking water supplies, but six percent still do not have access to even basic drinking water.

Unfortunately, most citizens in the province are forced to drink impure water from open ponds, rivers, rivulets, and streams. Sharma added that the ministry is working towards providing basic water facilities in all 79 local levels.

The provincial government has allocated Rs 1.40 billion towards drinking water and sanitation in the current fiscal year. Additionally, water testing labs have been set up in all 10 districts in Karnali, while new water supply projects are being implemented at both local and provincial levels.

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