Friday, August 18, 2017

Canal repair reduces Yangon water supply

Householders in 19 Yangon city townships are being urged to store water as repair work proceeds on the canal that supplies much of the city’s water. The city’s Irrigation Department will be working on the canal between the Ngamoeyeik dam and the city’s Nyaunghnapin pumping station from January 11 to 13, according to state-owned media.

The canal supplies about 90 million gallons of water, almost half of the city’s supply, U Myo Thein, deputy head of the engineering department of Yangon City Development Committee, told The Myanmar Times yesterday. It also supplies water for agricultural purposes.

“Pumping will resume as soon as repairs are complete. We have set a deadline of 12 noon tomorrow for completion. The pumping station supplies 90 million gallons of water to Yangon city daily,” he said.

YCDC supplies 205 million gallons of water every day for Yangon residents, using water from Ngamoeyeik, Phoo Gyi, Hlawga and Gyo Phyu dams.

The repairs, including possible water shortages, will affect Mingalardon, North and South Okkalapa, Thingangyun, Tarmwe, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Thaketa, Dawbon, Mayangone, Yankin, Bahan, Dagon, Ahlone, Sanchaung, Kyeemyindaing and the four Dagon townships.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun