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February 26, 2018

JICA assists with over K800 million for Pyay water purification project

Japan-funded Clean water supply project in Pyay is expected to finish next fiscal year. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
Japan-funded Clean water supply project in Pyay is expected to finish next fiscal year. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the aid-wing of the Japanese government, has issued K846.99 million to be utilized in a project to distribute clean water within the Bago Region town of Pyay, according to the Pyay Township Development Committee (PTDC).
The initiative kicked-off at the beginning of this 2016-17 fiscal year and will be completed by the beginning of next year, while the WEG company, the successful bidder of the tender to implement the project, is tasked with supplying the entire town with a high-quality distribution of water sourced from the Ayeyawady River.
“The water will be sourced from the Ayeyawady. The water will be collected and purified through a sand filtration system. This project is currently being implemented by the winner of the tender, the WEG company, and JICA are here presently making inspections. We’re here to provide supervision, pretty much from start to finish. Our chief engineer will thoroughly inspecting as to whether criteria are met or not, but JICA will be the official overseers of this initiative.” said Thura Myint Thu, deputy chief engineer for the PTDC.
However, JICA’s financial assistance extends solely to the construction of water reservoirs and filtration systems. As such, a submission has reportedly been made to the Bago regional government for the replacement of the over century year old water pipes, which currently facilitate the distribution of water throughout the town, as they have a tendency to clog up with silt and mud. “About 20 per cent of the project has been completed so far. Once finished, the residents of Pyay will be able to enjoy cleaner and clearer water than they do currently. The water will be so devoid of bacterial particles that it could even be consumed for one’s health.” said Ko Wai Phyo Aung, a project engineer.
Pyay residents are currently provided water from the Ayeyawady River and an underground water source, with more than 18 million gallons sourced from the river, and eight million gallons from the underground reserve, distributed across the town on a daily basis. —Myitmakha News Agency


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