Water2Nepal is a State-of-the-Art project improving life standards in Nepal by bringing a strong innovative partnership (Grundfos, Kamstrup, AVK, Aarhus Vand, Oxfam, Kathmandu University, Madi Municipality and User Committee, EnviDan and Jysk landsbyudvikling i Nepal, tapping right into the ideas and setup of Water Valley Denmark), technology, solutions, and competences to Nepal.

The aim of the Water2Nepal project is to establish an efficient and a state-of-the-art drinking water project and to transfer water technologies and expertise to Nepal. The project is implemented by Jysk landsbyudvikling i Nepal in partnership with a local partner organization; Madi Integrated Inclusive Sustainable Development Project and Madi Municipality. Envidan A/S is the technical designer, quality controller and technical project manager of the project and brings its water expertise in the project for its design, implementation, and operation.

"In Nepal, most of the rural water supply schemes are designed based on the design guidelines published by the government some decades ago. The design guidelines are outdated, and there are no reliable data to update them to suit the present rural context. For example, there are no updated data on the daily water consumption pattern."
Surya Prajapati, Project Manager of Water2Nepal, Envidan A/S

We will receive essential measurements, significant data on consumption from all households, water production from water wells and supply from a storage tank, etc., as outcomes of this project. These data can be used, analysed, and the project can support the update of the design guidelines. This will be crucial for designing rural water schemes in Nepal in the future. There are also possibilities for updating the design guidelines with a focus on cost, quality and operability at the same time taking public health into account.

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Over 330 families are benefiting from safe drinking water provided by this project. Photo: Envidan A/S

The project is anticipated to finish construction by June 2024, with full operation commencing in July of the same year. Additionally, research activities will persist until February 2025.

Improving Nepal’s water infrastructure in the long term

Clean drinking water is not “just” clean drinking water. It improves public health significantly and fights poverty (Global Goal 1) in the sense that the new resource can mean prosperity in local business and therefore support local job creation.

We consider sustainability extremely important when addressing challenges in developing countries which is also why we want to test out different technologies, sensors, models, software’s etc. to find out how to build water supply systems (and to maintain them) the best and cheapest way in the future for developing areas.

The project collaborates with Oxfam to ensure a consistent presence in the region in the process of transferring the drinking water supply to the local authorities. When using only top shelf components and materials the pipe network should last the next 30-50 years if the materials are maintained properly.

Agreement between adi Integrated Inclusive Sustainable Development Project and Diyalo Technologies.

A new chapter of digitalization began in 2024 after an agreement was signed between the local partner organization, Madi Integrated Inclusive Sustainable Development Project (MIISDP), and the service provider, Diyalo Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Nepal. Diyalo Technologies will establish cloud-based billing software ‘Watermark’, links with online bill payment services, and meter reading mobile apps ‘Metermark’. Photo: Envidan A/S

Partnership with Kathmandu University

The Water2Nepal project transcends mere project deliveries, aiming instead to significantly enhance the water sector of Nepal and to showcase new innovations, best possible practices in the water supply sector in Nepal. One of the purposes of the project is to transfer knowledge and technology to Nepal and to train young engineers and technicians in Nepal.

In February 2024, a Researcher was employed for Water2Nepal project at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Sciences (DESE), Kathmandu University. A fruitful stakeholder meeting took place at Kathmandu University on the same day, facilitated by Lecturer Mr. Nirmal Babu Aryal, faculty member of the department. The Project Manager of Water2Nepal, Surya Prajapati, gave a presentation about the project to the faculty members and researchers of the department and afterwards followed an open discussion regarding the research topics.

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On the 14th February, the Water2Nepal/Hamro Paani project had the pleasure to meet Prof. Dr. Janardan Lamichanne Dean of School of Science, Kathmandu University (KU) in relation to the research collaboration between the project and Kathmandu University. Photo: Envidan A/S

The main objective of the research collaboration is to carry out studies and conduct research in the field of water supply and sanitation, focusing the study of water consumption patterns, consumption behavior, non-revenue water, water loss, leakages, project impact analysis, etc. of Nepal which will significantly contribute to upgrade the national design guidelines for rural and semi-urban water supply schemes. The study will also document the state-of-art rural water supply system and the best implementation practices. Prof. Dr. Janardan Lamichanne expressed his delight on the collaboration and emphasized that the project is destined to bring a positive change in the sector with its research findings.