SITTWE Lake is now under heavy renovation by local authorities in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with the aim of distributing drinking water to residents.
The project was carried out with the use of over K1.8 billion allotted by the Union government budget for the 2016-2017 financial year.
The lake was established in 1906 to distribute drinking water to about Sittwe Township’s 40,000 residents at the time. The population has increased to over 130,000 over the last 110 years.
The initial depth of the lake was 18 feet, but it is now just eight feet deep, and its water storage capacity is 448.24 million gallons.
The renovation will create one big lake and five small lakes on 180.71 acres of land. It is estimated that the water storage capacity will reach an additional 224.75 million gallons after the project is completed.
The Rakhine State development department has carried out renovations of ponds and lakes across the state since the 2011-2012 fiscal year in 14 townships.