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Three reasons:

1) This is not always the case and becoming increasingly less so. The current demand for water is 320 Million Liters Per Day while the supply is only 120 Million Liters a Day in the Monsoon. In 2002 the demand was 140 Million Liters a Day; every day the water situation becomes worse for somebody even in the monsoon, tomorrow that person could be you. More than 15% of Kathmandu’s population purchases trucks of water year round, meaning they spend more than 30,000 rupees a year on water.

2) Convenience; More than half of the people have to get up between 12 and 6 a.m. to deal with water, even during the monsoon. If you use the storage tank in your house to collect rainwater this inconvenience is avoided. Additionally the occasional sewage leaks that affect municipal supply, especially during the monsoon, will no longer be a problem during this time.

3)Groundwater – Most people we talked to used to have abundant water in their tube wells 15 years ago, but do not today. Why? Over pumping – No. The main problem is that the rain that used to go into the groundwater is now sent to the sewer. More rainwater inside the Ring Road is sent to the sewer than the much-hyped Melamchi will provide in a year. 15 years ago this figure was half. Before this water used to percolate into the ground and much of it remained for dry season consumption, this is no longer the case. SmartPaani can work with you to begin to help recharging this “wasted” rainwater into your well.

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