Water purification taking root

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17 MAR 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - As Yangon heats up over the next few weeks, people are looking for ways to cool down and stay hydrated. As technology also improves, the more health-conscious consumers seek out new types of water purifiers to keep our H2O extra fresh.

One such water purifier is available at the One Stop Mart located in Kyautdada. It was recently moved from the Sule branch where there is a higher demand among customers, said Ko Myo Min Hein, assistant supervisor of the One Stop Mart.

The autofill purifier contains tube lights that kill bacteria, utilizing UV and ozone technology to treat the water.

"We connect the purifier with the pipes, and customers need to bring their own bottles. We kill the bacteria and then fill the clean bottle with purified water," he explained.

Most of the customers live in the shop's vicinity, mostly from 39th Street to Bo Aung Kyaw Street.

One liter of water costs justK25, whereas a 20-liter bottle is K500.

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"I think this water purification system is better than the ones most people use. It destroys the bacteria, and also cleans the bottle itself. So, it is safer than many other water purifiers in Yangon," said Ma Cho Lay from 39th Street.

Supermarkets around the city have started to provide square-shaped water purifiers outside their shop fronts. One Stop Mart started provided their new service in the last week of February, using a pipe system connected to the back of the purifier. 

"They provide door-to-door delivery if we order the number of water bottles. We like it, and feel that it's safer for our health," said Ko Aung Aye Chan, who lives in Kyauktada township.

The aim of setting up the purifiers is to provide purified water for customers with the least amount of labour, said Ko Myo Min Hein.

"Aside from justKyauktada township, we provide door-to-door delivery of water bottles around the city, and we don't charge any extra for delivery. The number of businesses which give on-demand water bottle cleaning services, alongside water purification,has increased over the past few years in Yangon," said Ko Myo Hein. – Translated

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