Un­equal dis­tri­bu­tion of water in Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity: RAA

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

For the res­i­dents in Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity, there is un­equal dis­tri­bu­tion of water and water short­ages at ground in cer­tain ar­eas. This was the find­ings made by the Royal Au­dit Author­ity of Bhutan.

Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity caters drink­ing water to an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of 107,165 un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion. Drink­ing water for Thim­phu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is sup­plied from four water treat­ment plants and two bore­holes, which have to­tal op­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 21,100 m3 per day.

Last year, the water pro­duc­tion of Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity was 20,036.21 m3 per day as against the re­quired per capita water de­mand of 19,289.7 m3 per day. Thus, drink­ing water pro­duc­tion was ad­e­quate con­sid­er­ing the pop­u­la­tion.

How­ever, the Royal Au­dit Author­ity of Bhutan found out that though there is enough pro­duc­tion of drink­ing water to meet the de­mand of the pop­u­la­tion of Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity. How­ever, on the other hand, it was noted that a pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion still do not get ad­e­quate drink­ing water de­spite suf­fi­cient pro­duc­tion of water.

So based on the rec­om­men­da­tion, an of­fi­cial from Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity said that Thim­phu Thromde has already ini­ti­ated the con­struc­tion of ad­e­quate num­ber of ser­vice tanks.

An of­fi­cial said that No­tice Invit­ing Ten­der (NIT) has been floated for con­struc­tion of a 230 m3 ca­pac­ity tank at Zilukha.

Be­sides that, process for con­struc­tion of 230 m3­tank at Changeda­phu and 100 m3­tank at Changzam­tog has already been ini­ti­ated.

An of­fi­cial said that the un­der­go­ing works of con­struc­tion of tanks will be com­pleted by June next year.

Two tanks have been recently con­structed for Changzam­tog and Changeda­phu lo­cated at Kar­isha above old RICB colony and at Changeda­phu.

For Kawa­jangsa area, of­fi­cial said that it’s already sup­plied from tank lo­cated at Kuen­ga­chol­ing and ad­di­tion­ally, there is already an ex­ist­ing 50 m3­tank for Kawa­jangsa which is fed from Dzong tank by pump­ing.

A new 230 m3 tank has been con­structed at Langjuphaka un­der the World Bank fund­ing. Fur­ther en­hance­ment of the stor­age ca­pac­ity by an­other 230 m3 for the whole Langjuphaka area is in­cluded in the scope of the on­go­ing cen­tral water sup­ply project.

The of­fi­cial also added that an­other 100 m3 tank is be­ing con­structed which will be lo­cated at Sun­day mar­ket to en­hance the ser­vice tank stor­age ca­pac­ity.

For Changjiji area, an­other 230 m3 ser­vice tank is be­ing con­structed at to in­crease the ex­ist­ing stor­age ca­pac­ity.

Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity is also in the process of im­ple­ment­ing the work of pro­vid­ing ex­tended new dis­tri­bu­tion pipe­lines in Changzam­tog, Yangchen­phu, Zilukha, in the core city ar­eas of Changlam, Norzin­lam in­clud­ing old pipe re­place­ment works cov­er­ing the ar­eas of Changzam­tog, Changangkha and Kawa­jangsa.

Mean­while, the ju­ris­dic­tion of Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity is divided into eight zones for water sup­ply. On com­par­i­son of the re­quire­ment of water with ac­tual con­sump­tion for three months by zone in or­der to an­a­lyze eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of drink­ing water, the RAA found out that some ar­eas re­ceived drink­ing water to the ex­tent of 94.09 per­cent while some ar­eas re­ceived only 27.65 per­cent against the re­quire­ment.

Water con­sump­tion as per water billing sys­tem for the month of Jan­uary, April and June last year, RAA found out that the res­i­dence of up­per and lower Motithang re­ceived 94.09 per­cent of water sup­ply while, Yangchen­phu High School and Lungten­zampa, Kawang­jansa and Zhilukha, Hejo, Dzong and High Court area and Langjophakha area re­ceived the lowest with 27.65 per­cent for the same pe­riod.

Mean­while, the au­dit cov­ered the pe­riod from 2010 to 2016 to find out whether the res­i­dence of Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity were pro­vided with eq­ui­table and suf­fi­cient drink­ing water, and whether the drink­ing water pro­vided is safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The Royal Au­dit Author­ity con­ducted the “Per­for­mance Au­dit on Pro­vi­sion of Drink­ing water in Thim­phu mu­nic­i­pal­ity “as man­dated by the Con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan and Au­dit Act of Bhutan 2006.”

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