Yangon Region govt plans to build more reservoirs

The Yangon Region government is planning to establish reservoirs to ensure a reliable drinking water supply in the future.

In response to a question at the Yangon Region parliament yesterday, U Maung Maung Soe, the Yangon Region Development Affairs Minister, said the government unveiled a long-term plan to supply drinking water to Yangon residents in the future while upgrading current reservoirs such as Ngamoeyeik and Gyogyu.

“Despite heavy rainfall in Myanmar, we are facing losses of water. We cannot store rain water as it flows into the river.  To solve possible future drinking water problems, we are planning to build new reservoirs that would be as big as Inya Lake,” said U Maung Maung Soe.

Plans have also been made to bring greening around the water facilities to improve the watershed areas, he added.

Yangon Region, which comprises 45 townships, has a population of more than 7.3 million. Water from the Hlawga, Ngamoeyeik, Gyobyu and Phugyi reservoirs is piped to the population of the city, according to the Yangon City Development Committee.

Meanwhile, a project to purify river water from the Kokuwa River is underway to supply 240 million gallons of water per day to Yangon.—Ko Moe

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar


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