Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mandalay to fulfill clean water demand by 2020

Mandalay City Development Committee’s Water and Sanitation Department has kicked off a plan to supply 100 percent of the demand for drinking water to all seven townships within the district by 2020.

Currently, clean potable water supply in Mandalay is only available in five townships in Mandalay.

In Aung Myay Tharzan, Chan Aye Tharzan, Maha Aung Myay and Chan Mya Tharsi, clean drinking water currently only meets 70pc of the demand, while Pyigyitagun township is only receiving 5pc of its drinking water supply, said Daw Khin May Htay, Head of the Water and Sanitation Department.

She said groundwater testing has been conducted in the Amarapura township with assistance from the French Development Agency.

“At present, only 70pc of water demand can be supplied to four downtown townships. We aim to be able to supply 100pc of the requirement by 2020.

“We will obtain loans from French Development Agency, Asia Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency to dig artesian wells. We are now building pumping stations and laying underground pipes,” Daw Khin May Htay told The Myanmar Times.

Pumping station construction and underground pipe-laying have just started in the southern Pyigyitagun and Amarapura townships.

When the water supply project for Mandalay began in 1983, it targeted only 25 square miles but the area has since been widened to 65 square miles, and thus 49 pumping stations are now being used.

The main water pipeline is 30.6 kilometres long and the underground pipeline is 363.93km long, according to the Water and Sanitation Department.

“For adequate water supply, we continue digging for pumping stations.  Underground pipes are being fitted as required. It is being urgently implemented to be able to supply the required water in Pyigyitagun,” U Khin Maung Thin, section head of the water supply division, told The Myanmar Times.

The Mandalay water supply project started out supplying more than 30,000 water metres in 1992.

At present, the project has 49 artesian wells and 13 pumping stations and is supplying over 95,000 water metres, according to statistics from the Water and Sanitation Department. One water metre has a capacity of 220 gallons of water.

Utility charges for household consumers and commercial consumers are K85 per unit and K110 per unit respectively.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt