01 December 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times

The Mandalay government has allocated over K280 million (USD 213,000) to boost the region's water supply to prevent shortage of potable water during the coming summer season, the regional Rural Development Department said.

U Soe Than, director of Mandalay Rural Development Department, said the regional government is trying to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the residents of the country's second most populous region, with over 6 million people.

"We will carry out to get drinking water supply in all the townships in the region, except in the townships under the supervision of Mandalay City Development Committee," he said.

Tender operations for the water supply upgrading project is ongoing, U Soe Than added.

"Some tenders had already finished and all tender operations will be completed by the middle of December," he said. "The construction operations will be conducted from January to March," he said.

Over 140 water supply operations such as digging and construction of pumping wells, small water wells and lakes rehabilitation and reconstruction, will be carried out in all the region's 22 townships.

It will also included upgrading of water pipes and construction of rainwater harvesting lakes.

The Mandalay Rural Development Department has already carried out a total of 78 water supply operations in 76 villages of 13 townships where are suffering from a shortage of water using over K90 million of region's allowance funds for this year.

Mandalay is located in the country's so-called dry zone, which also includes the neighbouring Magwe, Ayeyarwady and Sagaing Regions. These areas experiences drought during the summer months.

In Mandalay, 51 villages in 13 townships are the most prone to water shortage every summer, affecting an estimated 7640 households.

Earlier this year, water shortages were experienced in 463 villages in 116 townships across the nation, including 90 villages in Ayeyawady Region, and 60 in Sagaing Region. - Translated