Efficiently use water in consumption and agricultural measures


Efficient water usage is critical for environmental conservation and societal health, as water is essential for both consumption and agriculture. Individuals must adopt water-saving practices to help protect the planet.
Myanmar is working towards national development by ensuring the provision of basic needs — food, clothing, and shelter — for its people. A key component of this effort is the efficient use of safe water, especially in central Myanmar, where water shortages persist throughout the year except during the rainy season. Systematic water use and storage can greatly benefit the residents of these dry regions.
The government has initiated various projects to supply water for both consumption and agricultural purposes. Over successive eras, dams, reservoirs, canals, and tributaries have been constructed to irrigate croplands and paddy fields. Additionally, efforts are underway to maintain existing water infrastructure and explore new water resources to ensure a year-round supply.
In this context, the Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development plans to implement over 480 water supply projects in more than 420 villages across the nation during the 2024-25 financial year. These initiatives are part of the Safe Water Supply Project for People, aiming for completion by 2030. The Department of Rural Development is executing these rural water supply projects using state-allocated funds, maintenance funds, contributions from UNICEF, the dry zone water supply project fund, and funds from regional and state governments.
In the 2022-23 financial year, the department completed 1,202 rural water supply projects nationwide, followed by 1,302 projects in 2023-24 FY. These included 561 projects funded by ordinary allocations, 115 by maintenance funds, 255 by state funds, and 371 with contributions from UNICEF.
For the 2024-25 fiscal year, plans are in place to implement 481 water supply projects across 427 villages in various regions, states, and self-administered division and zones. Recognizing the government’s efforts and the dedication of relevant staff, it is crucial for residents to cooperate by using water efficiently, minimizing waste, and supporting environmental conservation initiatives.
That is why people need to cooperate with government departments and staff in the exploration of new water sources, maintenance of existing water sources and efficient use of water in consumption and agricultural tasks. People have to share knowledge about the systematic use of water to save the world and shape a healthy society for the people to be free from contamination of waterborne diseases.

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