Pyigyitagun to benefit from water works
DRINKING water will soon be more readily available to residents of Pyigyitagun township in Mandalay, thanks to a Mandalay City Development Committee project aimed at improving the public water supply in their municipality.
The project is being supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has contributed more than US$20 million for the purchase of pipes, wells, tanks, pumps and water meters.
The project will provide safe drinking water to about 60,000 households in five of the township’s wards. Myanmar’s 2014 census put Pyigyitagun township’s population at 237,698.
“It will supply around 30 percent of the Pyigyitagun township area,” said U Tun Win, an MCDC employee.
As part of the project, three wells will be dug and a number of water tanks and pumping stations will be installed throughout the township. The new supply system will be able to provide 2 million gallons of chlorinated drinking water daily, with an excess storage capacity of 650,000 gallons.
The Japanese construction and engineering company Tobishima successfully tendered for the project.
“We will need to learn from them as their system is automated. It is different from our current supply system,” said U Tun Win.
Some 8000 water meters will be installed over the course of the project in a bid to reduce inefficiencies caused by water leakage and theft.
“Currently there are nearly 95,000 water meters in our municipality, but most of them are nearly 20 years old and should be replaced,” said U Tun Win. “People will not replace these meters unless they are provided free of charge. If they are replaced, less water will be wasted and we will be able to collect more water tax.”
The installation of water meters will also allow more households to access the public supply of drinking water.
“At my house, I use a tube well to access groundwater. I can use the water in my home but it is not safe to drink. I want a water meter so that I can get clean drinking water,” said U Hla Shwe, a real estate agent from Thin Pan Kone ward in Pyigyitagun township.
Implementation of the JICA-supported project will begin on October 20 and is expected to be completed by March 2018.
Application forms for those interested in having water meters installed at their homes will be made available at the township’s municipal office in December.
Nearly 60,000 households in Mandalay’s Pyigyitagun township are set to be supplied with drinking water.