Yangon’s remote village gets access to fresh tube well water after nearly a century

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Located in Kyauktan Township, Yangon Region, Uyin Village now has access to freshwater through a 740-feet tube well, thanks to well-wishers, water experts and the government.
U Thein Myint, Assistant Director of Kyauktan Township Rural Development Department, said, “The village, with its 1,800 residents from 200 households, has access to fresh drinking water after nearly a century.
It has been said that the village had been under the sea for more than 100 years. It emerged as an island after sandbank formation and only saline groundwater was available in the village and nearby areas for nearly a century. Villagers mainly relied on rainwater through reservoirs, but it was insufficient for their daily use because of the population growth.”
Water experts tried to dig several tube wells with a depth of 400 or 500 feet in some parts of the village. Fortunately, technicians successfully found freshwater at a depth of 740 feet.
After laboratory testing, the well water was found to be at PH level 8.46 and villagers can now use it as drinking water. The new tube well is situated within the compound of Myatshwegu, the village’s monastery. Lucky Gold Shop and Golden Legend Co. provided funds for the construction of the tube well and related water facilities.—Pwint Thitsa

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