Current Water Quality Status of Rivers in the Kathmandu Valley

Regmi, Ram K. and Mishra, Binaya K. (2016). Current Water Quality Status of Rivers in the Kathmandu Valley. Water and Urban Initiative Working Papar Series. United Nations University.

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  • Author Regmi, Ram K.
    Mishra, Binaya K.
    Title Current Water Quality Status of Rivers in the Kathmandu Valley
    Series Title Water and Urban Initiative Working Papar Series
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2016-03
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 5
    Language eng
    Abstract The condition of the rivers in the Kathmandu Valley has been rapidly degrading. Several governmental and nongovernmental institutions, civil society organisations and other stakeholders are working to improve the environmental conditions of these rivers. This study analyses the current water quality status of the Kathmandu Valley river system. For this purpose, water samples were collected three times from different locations in January and February 2015 to establish quality indicator parameters. River water on the outskirts of the valley was found to be suitable for aquatic life, bathing and irrigation; some treatment is, however, necessary if it is to be used as drinking water. However, the water quality in the core urban area was found to be extremely poor and unsuitable for sustaining a healthy water ecosystem.
    Keyword Kathmandu Valley
    Aquatic life
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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