Italian firm to purify water for Mandalay
Milan-headquartered De Nora Water Technologies will install equipments to purify water for around 60,000 households in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, as construction work is under progess in Pyigyitagon township.
The firm is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of water treatmenttechnologies.thearrangement in Mandalay is part of an agreement signed in September 2016 between by Japan’s Tobishima Corporation and the government worth ¥1.797 billion.
Construction for the project, involving new pipes, wells, tanks, pumps and water meters, began last October and is scheduled to complete by July this year.
As part of the project, De Nora is supplying its brine electro-chlorination system for the project’s disinfection facility, which will ensure the safety of the drinking water. This system is different from the traditional gas chlorination method, which involves the risk of delivery or storage of hazardous chemicals such as high-pressure chlorine
Construction has started in the Pyigyitagon township, which only has six per cent water supply coverage due to its rapidly increasing population and emergence of commercial facilities over the last few years. De Nora told The Myanmar Times that the condition of urban water supply, which contributes to improving public hygiene, has been inadequate in both Yangon and Mandalay. In other cities, the infrastructure is still trying to catch up, with some even lacking in a working water supply.
“Additionally, clean water is not only crucial for domestic use – agriculture and industries have also grown in scale in their consumption of water. For emerging economies like Myanmar, economic cooperation activities have increased with the progress in the democratisation of Myanmar, and it is foreseen that the demand for water is expected to increase up to 525 million gallons by 2040 in Yangon alone,” the Italian firm said.
Vincenzo Palma, sales director of De Nora, said that its electrochlorination system has been “a well-established and trusted product line in Japan for over 40 years. It is a safe and economical solution that is both easy to maintain and highly durable, ensuring a low replacement rate.”
Over the years, disinfection using gas chlorination had been a common water treatment option in developing economies, but with potential health hazards and increasingly stringent legislation around maintaining low levels of residual chlorine, more countries are open to adopt electro-chlorination as part of their municipal water supply process.
De Nora added that the company will focus on supporting the countrywide effort to meet its increasingly urgent water demand and improve the water supply infrastructure beyond major cities.