KATHMANDU, July 6: The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has asked the general public to boil water supplied by the utility properly before drinking.
The KUKL, which is entrusted to supply quality drinking water in household taps, said that one should not fully rely on the quality of drinking water supplied by the utility during the monsoon, as floodwater could contaminate the water sources. Moreover, KUKL has not changed decaying pipeline, which were laid decades ago in core city areas and are prone to contamination by sewage.
"We urge all consumers to take precautionary measures before drinking tap water," Milan Kumar Shakya, spokesperson of KUKL, said. He admitted that that the decaying pipelines laid several decades ago are prone to contamination by sewage and pose serious threat to public health.
He, however, claimed that the office has been trying its best to supply safe drinking water but this has become difficult due to leakages at various places. "We have speeded up monitoring and are trying our best to supply quality water," he claimed. Shakya informed that KUKL has accelerated sample collection and quality check following the start of the monsoon.
Monsoon season is prone to epidemics during which thousands of people get infected with waterborne diseases. The KUKL said production of the drinking water has increased with the start of the monsoon. As a result, consumers, who were reeling under acute scarcity of drinking water, have heaved a sigh of relief.