Pyi­gy­ita­gun to ben­e­fit from wa­ter works

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­times.com

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.

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

Nearly 60,000 house­holds in Man­dalay’s Pyi­gy­ita­gun town­ship are set to be supplied with drink­ing wa­ter.

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