The government of Nepal [aims] to provide drinking water free of cost to 1.6 million people within 2010. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board has provided drinking water facilities free of cost to around 824,000 people in 71 districts of Nepal. At present, 1,279 drinking water projects are under operation throughout the country to provide clean drinking water to the people.
[...] The Board has been running drinking water projects throughout the country since 1996 [with funding from the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)].
Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works Suman Sharma told that about 19.71 per cent [of the] people have access to drinking water facility from the projects operated by the Board.
Source: Krishna Kisi, Annapurna Post / NGO Forum, 16 Dec 2008