• This household has chosen to invest in a private water connection installed in their own premises, saving them from the trip to a public water tap. Water User Committee is responsible for implementing small WASH-service improvements for the members.
  • Water collection tank from the 60's belongs to the oldest water supply scheme in the village. The scheme still serves around 40 households but is in a dire need of rehabilitation.
  • Village maintenance workers hired by the Water User Committees maintain the schemes in a good working condition. The UCs are responsible for management, operation and maintenance of the schemes, enabled through regular tariff collections from members.
  • Dried-up river bottom. Springs located on the sides of the river form the main water source for the village. During the dry season the springs also dry and provision of water is limited to few hours a day.



Navalparasi & Palpa (2014-2016)

Project coordinator:
Sini Pellinen

Senior advisor:
Kari Leminen and Heimo Ojanen

Partner organization in Nepal: Centre for Appropriate Technology Nepal (CATN)


Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Nawalparasi and Palpa Districts Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project (NAPA WASH) (2014-2016)

NAPA WASH aims to complement the past and ongoing water sector support of Finland to Nepal by strengthening management, operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities and services. The objective is to ensure long-term sustainability of WASH facilities based on self-reliance of the communities. The project works in village level to build capacities of selected User Committees (UCs) and Village Development Committees (VDCs) in their management and upgrading efforts. District level support aims at strengthening the institutional structure to support communities in maintenance and improvement of WASH services.

One of the main project undertakings in 2014 will be a Field Assessment study, which will add knowledge and understanding about the long-term sustainability of WASH facilities. Lessons learnt from success and failure of rural WASH services will be shared with district and national level stakeholders. We are now looking for students from Finland and Nepal to participate in the Field Assessment study that is carried out in two districts in Nepal – see the ‘news’.