KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Water of the much-awaited Melamchi project will be distributed via existing water pipelines to the households of Kathmandu valley until the supply will be transferred to the new distribution system, according to government officials.
The transition from old pipes to new pipes will take about a month, depending upon the size of the distribution area and the pace of the new distribution management, spokesperson of Project Implementation Directorate, Lila Prasad, told the media on Friday.
“We are working on the commissioning plan in coordination with domestic and international experts for efficient distribution of water after testing of the new pipelines, as well as chlorinating the new pipelines before distributing water to the households,” Dhakal said. “We have not yet installed water meters in the households keeping in view that the meters will block the cleaning pipes before resuming services.”
Only about 300 meters of tunnel work and about 100 days of work for lining of the tunnel are left before the water reaches the Sundarijal treatment plant in Kathmandu.