Jigmi Wangdi

The Thimphu Thromde plans to complete the water metre installation in South Thimphu by March.

Many households in thromde have been drawing water from the streams.

In North Thimphu, the installation will be completed by February.

Water metres in more than 200 households in Pamtsho and for around 160 households in Upper Taba have been installed

However, the installation is taking some time for the south of Thimphu as the new water treatment plant in Chamgang is yet to be completed.

An official from thromde said that the public has been notified about the situation.

“The costs of the water metre depend on domestic and commercial areas. We will charge Nu 4.35 per 1000 litres for domestic areas and Nu 11.6 per 1000 litres for commercial areas,” said the official.

The cost will also depend on the number of users.

The World Bank and WHO standards state that a unit will consume 20 cubic metres or 20,000 litres of water.

“We multiply the 20 cubic metres by the number of households in the area. This is then multiplied by the rates we have in place for the domestic and commercial units. The total will be the monthly cost,” the official said.

Commercial units are buildings or apartments that have shops, restaurants and other businesses while domestic units are households.

Water metre installations in core Thimphu have been completed.