Kathmandu: A two-day training for plumbers on the techniques of harvesting rainwater was organised here on Thursday. The plumbers are supposed to help the general public with the techniques of collecting rainwater for the dry season.

Addressing the programme, Dr Roshan Raj Shrestha, chairman of Environment and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO) said that Kathmandu receives millions of liters of rainwater each year, most of which is drained out through sewerage.

"Rainwater, if properly utilised in Kathmandu, can reduce the demand for water," he said.

The organisers say, the main objective of the training is to create awareness among the plumbers and to teach them scientific rainwater harvesting techniques.

The population can thus benefit as the plumbers are summoned when a new water utility is to be installed. The training was jointly organised by the NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation, ENPHO and Balaju Technical Training Centre. — HNS