HOUS­ING & WA­TER IS­SUES, TOP CHAL­LENGES FOR THIM­PHU

Business Bhutan - - Money -

Thim­phu is likely to face a wa­ter short­age of 3.1mn liters a day, ac­cord­ing to a strate­gic en­vi­ron­ment as­sess­ment for Thim­phu struc­ture plan draft re­port in the next 10 years. Only 30% of the ser­vice area in Thim­phu re­ceives 24 hours wa­ter sup­ply while the re­main­ing 70% re­ceives in­ter­mit­tent sup­plies rang­ing from three to eight hours a day.

The draft re­port was pre­sented at a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing in Thim­phu yes­ter­day. The re­port rec­om­mends pre­serv­ing wa­ter sources, cre­at­ing aware­ness on wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion scheme and im­ple­ment­ing the Thim­phu Wa­ter Safety Plan. The need for a wa­ter sup­ply mas­ter plan for Thim­phu thromde, storm wa­ter mas­ter plan and a thromde trans­port plan were also rec­om­mended.

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