August 20, 2016

Irrigation Department controls water in Inle Lake

Pilgrims arrive PhaungdawOo Pagoda by boat in Inle Lake.
Pilgrims arrive PhaungdawOo Pagoda by boat in Inle Lake.

To reduce the decreasing water level in Inle Lake this summer, the Irrigation Department has controlled the flow from the Lake into the Bilu River by using two geo-tubes this summer.
The department found that the water level just down 4 inches in 10 days, decreasing from 8 inches after it narrowed the tubes on 10 and 16 December, said U Win Htay, Assistant Director of the Irrigation Department.
Besides, the department has been dredging silt and sediment from the rivers which flow into the lake while carrying out conservation of the lake.
The Irrigation Department refuted the rumors that the lake is facing the threat of silting up, referring drought in some water ways in outskirts of the lake in the summer.
“The main waterways such as the route between PhaungTawOo and Nyaung Shwe, and Alotawpauk Pagoda route are all-weathered ways,” U Win Htay said.
Inle Lake looks like a deep frying pan. There is always water in its centre, he added.
Visitors are flowing into the lake these days and all water ways are navigable despite the water level decrease a bit, said Ko Aung Moe Win, the motor boat driver.


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