Tuesday, July 25, 2017

France donates 8 million euros for Mandalay water supply

Mandalay city’s sanitation department is in line for an upgrade after the European Union yesterday announced an 8 million euro (US$8.5 million) donation.

The assistance is earmarked for improving the city’s water supply and sanitation system, according to Mandalay City Development

The funding is being provided by the Agence France Development (AFD) through an EU program to combat climate change and invest in green solutions. MCDC officials said yesterday that the funding will help expand the city’s water supply to Aung Myay Tharzan, Chan Aye Tharzan, Maha Aung Myay and Chan Mya Tharsi townships.

“This assistance is being provided by the EU to expand the water supply to four townships. MCDC can currently supply water to these four townships only through an extra pipeline system, which covers about 70 percent of the demand in these townships. After the completion of this project, the water supply will cover 90pc of these four townships,” said Daw Khin May Htay, head of the Mandalay City Development Committee’s Water and Sanitation Department.

MCDC said in addition to the donation, the city will arrange a 40 million euro ($42 million) loan from France for the water supply system, with planned project including drilling artesian wells, replacing damaged pipes, expanding services in weak water-supply areas, and building up the river-water pumping system. Part of the funding will also go toward training water and sanitation department staff.

The loan will also be used to stop illegal siphoning of water from the government-run system, said Daw Khin May Htay. According to the department, up to 52pc of the water service receivers in the region do not pay their water bills in a timely, regular manner.

“There are cases of illegal water usage. We will correct them. Collection of taxes and charges will be enforced,” said Daw Khin May Htay.

There are 46 artesian wells and 13 water pumping stations in Mandalay District. The public water supply system does not reach Pyi Gyi Tagon or Amarapura townships.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt