Published: Friday 30 April 1999

The residents of Nepal's Kathmandu valley are facing an acute water crisis. Water piped by the state-owned utility is already in short supply, prompting many households to either bore wells or buy untreated water from private entrepreneurs. Kathmandu valley encompasses three cities, and together they need 180 million litres of water a day. But the supply has dwindled to only 88 million litres, and will not be replenished until the next monsoons.

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