Kathmandu: Water ATM has come into operation in Kathmandu on Thursday with the joint efforts of the Ministry of Water Supply, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, and Kathmandu Valley Drinking Water Management Board. Minister for Water Supply Manichandra Thapa inaugurated the Water ATM. In the first phase, water ATMs have come into operation at Ratna Park, Balaju, and Swayambhu Bhagwan Pau.
With the connection of water ATMs, clean and quality drinking water facility has been made available in this area. Consumers will have to pay Rs 1 per 200 millimeters (one cup) for water available from water ATMs.
You have to pay Rs 5 per liter of water. This water ATM will be operated by the suppliers for 3 months and will be handed over to the board for 3 months. This ATM is connected to provide hot water in winter and cold water in summer.
Consumers have to use one rupee coin to get water from ATM. Executive Director of Kathmandu Valley Drinking Water Board Sanjeev Bikram Rana informed that such ATMs will be connected in 15 different places within three weeks.
The metropolis is confident that the water ATMs placed in public places will provide clean drinking water to the general public at affordable prices when there is a problem with drinking water in Kathmandu.
Preparations have been made to operate in Kalanki, Malpot, Baneshwor, Bangalamukhi Temple, Kasunti Yatayat Office, and Shankh Park Dhumbarahi in a week. The cost of water ATMs to be operated in different places of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur is 20 million NPR.