THE water festival management committee in Mandalay will allow only 30 million gallons for this year’s Thingyan Festival in order to raise awareness of water shortages in the moat. The amount of water has been reduced by half the amount from last year for the Mandaly Thingyan, according to Mandalay City Development Committee.
There were a total of 24 water-throwing stages in 2015 using over 59 million gallons. The authority plans to reduce the usage of water. A total of ten stages will be kept at each moat of Mandalay this year.
To reduce the use of water at the festival the size of water pipes, nozzles, pumps and fire hydrants will be limited at the festival, said U Tun Win, Water and Clean Department Head, Mandalay City Development Committee.
The authorities will also take action against stages which do not abide by the rules, it has been learned.
Min Htet Aung (Man Ko Pwar)