Ital­ian firm to pu­rify wa­ter for Man­dalay

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Business - THOMP­SON CHAU t.chau@mm­times.com

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.

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