Water shortage in Kanglung expected to end by July

Water shortage in Kanglung will finally be resolved with the construction of two water treatment plants in the gewog nearing completion by July end.

Construction works include that of two water treatment plants, four reservoirs tanks and approach roads to the two sources.

Two water treatment plants, one in Nimshingdrang and another in ShingchenGoenpa in Younphula were commissioned in October 2017. It is a Government of India funded project implemented by the Dzongkhag administration worth Nu. 131.06mn.

Project engineer, KinzangWangdi, said that the current physical progress is about 80%. “From the laying of 19km pipeline, 16km has been completed so far and all other major works are in full swing.”

 The project engineer said that by the end of April, all the civil work is expected to complete.

Once completed, the water treatment plant in ShingchenGoenpa would pump 133.33ms cube water an hour. The smaller treatment plant in Yonphula would pump 2.5ms cube water an hour (60,000 liters per day).

KinzangWangdi said that as per the project design report, the new water supply system is being built for the regional hub in Kanglung, which includes places like the airport, Khangma, Yonphula and Sherubtse college areas.

He said that the new water supply system would pump enough water for all the households in the gewog.

Meanwhile KanglungGup, Kinzang Dorji who is also the TrashigangDzongkhagTshogduThrizin (Chairperson) said that water shortage in Kanglung is not severe but the problem arises when people misuse the existing water supply.

The Gup also said that with the increasing population in the gewog, water sources have been divided among multiple users. “From a population of 5,000 in 2015, today there are more than 12,000 people living in the gewog including Sherubtse College, Kanglungshedra, offices, project Dantak and schools.”

“There are some places where water is kept overflowing resulting in shortage for those living below,” said the Gup. “Despite our repeated reminder, the problem has continued which is why we have some households facing water shortage.”

The Gup said that residents of Kanglung gewog in Trashigang have been grappling with drinking water shortage, especially during the winter months. “However, with the new water treatment plant nearing completion, the water shortage during the winter months is expected to be over.”

According to the Gup, in order to curb the misuse of the new water supply, the gewog administration would implement a water meter system for residents living in the town area.

Jigme Wangchen from Kanglung, T/gang

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