To ensure water supply to the growing population of Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee plans to consecutively implement more projects until 2040, said U Myint Zaw Than, deputy section head, Department of Engineering (Water and Sanitation), under the
“The YCDC and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are jointly drafting a master plan to supply sufficient water to the people of Yangon. As the water reservoir project is no longer being implemented, the Kukkowa, Panhlaing, and Toe rivers are being earmrked for potential new water resources. Through the new projects, the YCDC aims to meet the water demand of 80 per cent of Yangon’s population in 2040, when over 500 million gallons of water will be daily distributed to 7.82 million people in Yangon. The YCDC is currently managing to provide 40 gallons per person on average,” said U Myint Zaw Than during an inspection at
the Lagonpyin water supply project.
At present, the Lagonpyin and Kukkowa water supply projects are being implemented in Dagon Myothit (East) Township. The Lagonpyin project started in 2013 and is slated to be completed in 2022. Upon completion of the project, four townships of Dagon Myothit will be provided 40 million gallons of water every day. The Kukkowa project began last year and after it is finished, 60 million gallons of water will be distributed daily. Currently, the YCDC supplies 205 million gallons of water to Yangon households, with 14 million gallons provided by the Hlawga reservoir, 27 million gallons by Gyo Phyu, 54 million gallons by Phu Gyi, and 90 million gallons by the Nga Moe Yeik dam under the Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department.
Underground water is being supplied in Dagon Myothit (south), Hlaingthaya, and Dala. Yangon’s water supply currently covers only 2.3 million people. Therefore, the YCDC will continue water supply projects, aiming to reach 7.82 million people and cover 80 per cent of the population by 2040.
“Ten zones will be set to supply water. Pipelines will be connected through a network. Thus, if one water resource fails, other resources can be used to supply water,” said U Myint Zaw Than.
—Myint Maung Soe (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)