Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Five-day water cut begins as part of JICA upgrade project

Upgrade to Yangon’s water pipeline network will see supply cut for five days to 11 wards in four inner-city townships, starting today.

A sign asks motorists to drive slowly while water pipelines are being laid along Kabar Aye Pagoda Road. Photo: Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar TimesA sign asks motorists to drive slowly while water pipelines are being laid along Kabar Aye Pagoda Road. Photo: Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar Times

The water will be turned off at 8am so municipal workers can join the existing network up to a new 3-kilometre (1.86-mile) pipeline that has been run along Kabar Aye Pagoda Road under a Japanese development project.

The affected wards are: 9 and 10 in Mayangone township; 5 to 8 in Yankin township; 9 and 10 in Kamaryut township; and Golden Valley 1 and 2 and Sayar San in Bahan township.

A spokesperson for Yangon City Development Committee’s Engineering Department (Water and Sanitation) said the water should be running again by March 7.

“The pipeline comes from Hlawga [reservoir]. The old pipes will be joined to the new ones that were installed with help from Japan. We’ll continue to make announcements to keep people informed,” he said.

The upgrade was launched by YCDC and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in January 2015. It focused on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, where up to half the water was lost to faulty pipe joints weakened by heavy traffic.

The 1.9 billion yen (US$16.6 million) JICA project has several other elements, including the overhaul of a pumping station, and the renewal of pipes and installation of water meters in Yankin township, which will benefit more than 2000 homes.


Translation by Khine Thazin Han