Residents in Thimphu complain of water shortage

Thimphu residents in Changzamtog and Changbangdu have complained to Thimphu Thromde regarding drinking water shortages that has persisted for weeks.

Upper Motithang, Lower Chubachu and Changiji areas have also suffered water shortages while it was not enough in several other areas.

Pema Wangmo, 36, who lives in Changbangdu said that water shortage has been going on for a month now and her family has been getting water from relatives and also purchasing bottled water.  “We had no water to wash cups and plates, so we brought disposable plates and cups,” she said.

Shops and restaurant owners are also hit hard. Namgay Lhamo, 30, who runs a restaurant in Chubachu, said that without enough water her business has suffered.

She said house owners should take care of the problem as the tenants are helpless.

The water problem is more prominent in Changzamtog area. Tshering Rabgay, 40, said his family has been adjusting with limited water for few years now as the building gets water twice a day for at one and half hour daily. Lately the water shortage has got severe.

According to Thromde office engineer Jigme Dorji water supply has been disturbed in some areas because of the construction of a new urban road.

He said that as of April 13 water shortage in Changbangdu, Chubachu and Changzamtog has been resolved. “This year with the good amount rainfall and snowfall there was no water crisis like in the previous years,” Jigme Dorji said.

Jigme Dorji also said that though there is problem of regular water supply in some places in Thimphu he said the Thromde has responded quickly to restore water supply whenever the office receive complaints. He added that the all the water sources available within Thimphu are being tapped to resolve water problem in the city.

He said that from 2018  residents will not experience drinking water problems once the Central water system is operational.

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