Kyaukpon villagers in Sedoktara Township having access to fresh water

During summers, local people of Kyaukpon Village in Sedoktara Township, Minbu District, Magway Region, encounter problems accessing drinking water. To ensure year-round supply of fresh drinking water, the Dagodaw charity group from Nyaungpinsauk Village, Pwintbyu Township sank a four-inch diameter tube-well in the village. The tube-well sinking was completed successfully with contributions of the local residents, said U Kyaw San, a member of the charity group.
The cost of tube-well sinking amounted to K6 million, which was funded by donations. Ahba Htwar and their relatives from Mandalay donated K2 million, and remaining K4 million was contributed by local people.
On 26 January, U Kyaw San from the charity group led the borehole sinking work which resulted in the discovery of an aquifer at a depth of about 420 feet underground. Subsequently, related activities such as laying of water pipelines, installation a compressor motor and a water pump were completed successfully on 2 March.
According to the report, the villagers are currently obtaining and using drinking water from the well. In an effort to prevent waste of water and promote responsible water usage, the village elders intend to build a 5,000-gallon-capacity water tank using community-centred project fund.
A total of 158 households with a population of nearly 800 people dwelt in Kyaukpon Village. The villagers rely on the rainwater stored in a pond for their drinking water. However, during the dry season, the pond dries up quickly, and they face the shortage drinking water every year. To handle with this challenge, locals have to travel about one and a half miles to Khepyit Village to collect water from hand-scooped holes.
As the village was reported to be undergoing from a shortage of fresh water, U Kyaw San from the charity group was able to successfully sink a tube-well with the contributions of generous donors and villagers. — Hlaing Win Lay (Pwintbyu Myay)/KZL

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