Sixty de-suups, including a project engineer and technician from thromde and Royal Bhutan Army are working to connect drinking water to residents of Tinkilo in Samdrupjongkhar thromde.

The project is a part of the DeSuung National Service Initiative and will benefit more than 1,500 residents of Tinkilo in Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s local area plan (LAP) IV.

With a total budget of Nu 3.343 million, the project would construct 120 cubic metres reinforced cement concrete (RCC) tank and about 1,500ms supply or distribution line. The distribution lines would be connected to the RCC tank from the water treatment plant (WTP) in Pinchina.

Thromde supplies drinking water from the WTP and the old gravity line at Pinchina to Tinkilo residents at the moment. The distribution lines get washed away during summer, as it was left without maintenance for so long.

Residents are happy with the project’s inauguration.

They said they would finally have reliable drinking water. They also said water shortage cause disputes among them.

A resident, Kinzang Lhaden, 52, said although the thromde tankers supply water, they still have to ferry water from pond and well because they cannot use water provided by the tankers for cooking and drinking. “Some even store rainwater.”

Another resident, Sangay Dorji, 33, said that residents carry water in their vehicles while those who don’t have cars spend hours travelling to the pond and well, waiting in a queue to fetch water.

Meanwhile, the project is expected to complete in three months.

The De-Suung head office in Thimphu, in collaboration with the works and human settlement ministry, started the De-Suung National Service under the water flagship programme.

By Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

Edited by Tashi Dema