DHULIKNEL CITY (NEPAL) INAUGURATES ITS FIRST CO-TREATMENT PLANT

In a significant advancement for Nepal’s sanitation efforts, the “Shreekhandrapur Wastewater and Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant” has been inaugurated in Dhulikhel city. This milestone, supported by United Cities and Local Governments in Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) through the Municipalities Network Advocacy on Sanitation in South Asia (MuNASS), marks the establishment of the country’s first co-treatment facility.

The long-awaited Shreekhandrapur plant, represents a major step forward in waste management and environmental sustainability. The municipality entirely financed this initiative, counting on the Environment and Public Health Organisation‘s technical support in the design and construction phases.

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Credit: Environment and Public Health Organisation

Strategically situated by the Punya Mata River and integrated with the local sewer network, the Shreekhandrapur plant has a daily treatment capacity of 50 cubic meters for wastewater and three cubic meters for faecal sludge.

The facility features various treatment components, including a Bar Screen for removing inorganic solids, a biogas digester, a septic tank, an anaerobic baffle reactor, a horizontal-flow-constructed wetland, and a polishing pond. Additionally, an automatic sensor and submersible pump control the flow of treated wastewater from the final outlet chamber.

Mayor Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha of Dhulikhel Municipality, and Past Immediate President of UCLG ASPAC, emphasized the significance of the Shreekhandrapur Plant, announcing that it will serve as an educational hub. Located near Kathmandu University, the plant will provide student research and practical learning opportunities. Mayor Shrestha highlighted the importance of the plant’s long-term sustainability, with the municipality pledging an annual budget for its maintenance and operation.

This project is a significant achievement in Nepal’s sanitation sector, setting a path for future environmental and public health initiatives in the region.

Source: https://uclg-aspac.org/munass-founding-of-the-first-co-treatment-plant-in-nepal-and-progress-in-bangladesh/