Though Nepal is popular for its abundant water sources and greenery across the country, in recent years it has been immersed in plight of water problem and unmanaged distribution of water supply in urban areas.
Increasing hours of power outage in urban areas, increasing population and haphazard settlement has added hardship in the distribution of drinking water and its management.
However, governments and local organizations are organizing awareness programs to remind people of the water crisis and its importance in coming days.
The Small Earth Nepal in coordination with 51 organizations including governmental and non-governmental organizations has formed a National Committee under the title of Nepal National Water Week 2011 to intensify discussion on water related issues focusing on urban water and sustainable management of water resources in Nepal.
Meanwhile on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, Nepal is observing a week long "Nepal National Water Week 2011" from March 17 to March 23.
Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) Chair Subash Nemwang officially inaugurated the week long program on Thursday amid a program organized by the Nepal National Water Week Organizing Committee with coordination of the Water and Energy Commission Seretariat.
The week long program aims to remind related stakeholders, from policy makers to the general public on the importance of sustainable management of urban water, Dhiraj Pradhananga, President of the Small Earth Nepal told Xinhua on Thursday.
Meanwhile, addressing the opening ceremony, CA Chair Nemwang highlighted that water supply in Nepal's urban areas is pathetic. He also shed light on the vanishing condition of wetland and ponds in the country.
"In the past few years we have chopped down huge amount of green trees destroying our wide forest range, as a consequence there are no more water sources in our country," he said.