Low-cost housing project in Yangon struggles to secure water supply

Supplying water to the estimated 100,000 residents of a new housing development in Yangon could put supplies to the rest of the city at risk, the government has warned.

Next year, the first 6000 of the 19,600 apartments now being built in the Ayeyarwun and Yadanar housing developments in Dagon Seikkan township will be offered for sale.

The 600-square-foot family dwellings are expected to sell for K60-K70 million each.

The Ministry of Construction is planning to dig tube wells to supply the homes with water, said Daw Aye Aye Myint, a ministry director.

“Every project in Yangon has to depend on self-help to access water because [Yangon City Development Committee] cannot provide 100 percent of the water required before 2018,” she said.

“There is no guarantee of water access for the 100,000 people who will live in the Ayeyarwun and Yadanar apartments, so we will dig tube wells as a temporary measure.”

However, because the development is near the Bago River, there is a risk of cutting off an underground watercourse that could raise concerns about water shortages in Yangon, she said.

Daw Aye Aye Myint was speaking at a Department of Urban and Housing Development meeting in Yangon on October 25.

The Dagon Seikkan development comprises 49 18-storey buildings, access roads, a hospital, a school, a market, parks and bus stations.

The nearby estates of Yuzana Garden and Sittaung already draw from tube wells, but the water is undrinkable and can be used only for washing. Residents have to buy drinking water, said resident U Win Myint.

“We’ve been supplied with water by YCDC for three months now, which is a great relief. I’ve been

living here since 1998. The water from the tube wells in Yuzana Garden and Sittaung cannot be drunk. I’ve never heard of a well from around here that produces drinking water,” he said.

YCDC supplies Yangon residents with about 200 million gallons of water daily from Hlawga, Phugyi and Nga Moe Yeik dams. But one-third of city residents cannot access YCDC’s water supply, prompting the authorities to seek fresh sources.

“Once the Lagunpyin project is complete, we could supply an extra 40 million gallons, enough to supply East Dagon, South Dagon, Thaketa and Dagon Seikkan townships,” Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint told Yangon Region Hluttaw last June.

Source: Myanmar Times

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