ADB’s virtual Results Reality website provides a glimpse of the results of ADB programs in Nepal. Explore multimedia content to hear from partners working with ADB to extend access to water and sanitation services, and learn more about how these projects are improving people’s lives and well-being.

The featured projects will help up to 1.2 million people in urban centers across Nepal with the installation and upgrading of water pipes, treatment facilities and household connections, as well as the construction of sanitation facilities and dissemination of public awareness campaigns. These projects support progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal, particularly SDG 6, Access to Clean Water and Sanitation for all, and SDG 5, Gender Equality.



For the women and children living in most small towns in urban Nepal, the day starts and ends with traveling far on foot to fetch water for their homes.

Asha Tamang, clothes store owner, Ilam District, Nepal: I wake up at 4  in the morning to fetch water, early in the morning so it is less crowded and we can return home early. Because of the scarcity of water, we carry water even when we are sick.

Bhagwati Bayalkoti, farmer, Ilam District, Nepal: On sunny days, we hardly get water. Whatever we get has a lot of bacteria. (But) during rainfall, we get the worst water. It looks red, and some kind of bubbles appear in the water.


ADB and the Nepal Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) have been working together to provide safe and reliable water supply and sanitation services to small towns since 2000.

Bidya Nath Bhattarai, Project Director, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Nepal: The cost-sharing model was introduced in such a way that the people and the government could bear the cost. It was introduced in a way that the marginalized and deprived people, and the poor who live below the poverty line can get involved, making our water connection a universal connection.

Mira Malik, housekeeper, Morang District, Nepal: When we finally got our water supply, we don’t have to use the handpump anymore. My children just open the tap and wash their clothes and then dry them in the sun.


Hear their stories, see their struggles, and witness how safe, reliable water can change lives. Featuring the Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Projects  and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (Sector) Project in photos, HD video, and in 360. See Results in a new Reality.