The Kathmandu Post, 14 July 2018
Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) is testing water and flushing pipelines since last Monday, the Director of the Project Implementation Directorate (PID) said.
PID Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri said, “We have started washing of the Bulk Distribution System (BDS) network in the Sundarijal-Dhobikhola section. Before supplying water through these pipelines, we will clean them completely. We are also checking for leakages.
For cleaning the BDS network, the project is using water sourced from Bagmati River.“Water from Bagmati River, treated at plant the in Sundarijal, is being used for flushing,” said Khatri.The flushing of the 11-km BDS section will continue until July 20. The PID will later do the same testing and flushing in other parts of the Kathmandu Valley.
“Once the flushing is done, we will have to clean these pipes with chlorine which will not take more than two-three days,” said Khatri.
Potable water from Melamchi Project will to reach consumers on October 18, the ninth day of Dashain.The PID has assured Melamchi water will not be wasted. The PID has laid pipelines over 707kms of the 783kms to supply water to Kathmandu Valley. The project has connected 54,571 of the 78,042 consumers with new tap lines.The government will divert water from Melamchi River to Sundarijal before September 30 and supply it to households in October.