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Replacing of Bago’s near-century old water pipelines nearly complete

Myitmakha News Agency

Bago, September 7 – the replacing of near-century old water pipelines in Bago, which commenced in October last year through the concerted efforts of eight local companies, is seventy-five percent complete, the municipal governing body for Bago Township has told Myitmakha News Agency.

The initiative to upgrade the region’s aging water distribution network includes the laying of over 15,700 feet of pipeline from the Bago Kandawgyi Lake to the Mekhone water distribution station, together with over 30,000 feet of pipeline from the station into, and around, the town of Bago itself. Efforts are reportedly also being made to install water filtration systems in Mekhone and make needed repairs to the water purification tanks.

“Two new stages of pipelines are being laid. Firstly, from Kantawgyi to the Mekhone water distribution station, then a second from the station into the town of Bago. The laying of the first section of pipeline has been completed – we’ve just got the replacing of pipeline from the station to Bago left to finish off. Purified water can start to be distributed once all the pipeline has been laid,” said U Kyaw Zin Nyunt, an engineer of the Bago Township’s municipal body.

The project reportedly marks the first time the water pipelines are being replaced since they were originally laid back in 1920. The eight local companies – which include Han Su, Baho and Nywe Yi Shwe Yi – are working to definitively complete upgrades to the region’s water distribution system by January 2017 with financial support in the form of K1,820 million from the overseas-development wing of the Japanese government – the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“The water from the Kandawgyi Lake is too murky to be utilized as drinking water; it can only be used for the likes of bathing and washing. The majority of people just buy and drink large 20litre bottles of purified water. We’ll have to wait and see as to whether the replacing of the pipelines will provide us with a source of drinking water,” Daw Aye Myint, a resident of Bago’s Shinsawpu Ward, explained to Myitmakha News Agency.

The design to repair the current water distribution system, so that it could provide purified drinking water to the urban residents of Bago, was reportedly drawn up in partnership by Japanese and Myanmar engineers.

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