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ITRI to expand water plant in rural Myanmar township

ITRI to expand water plant in rural Myanmar township

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, ???) said Friday that it is planning to expand a water plant that it had built in a rural area of Myanmar to supply clean drinking water to the people there. With the expansion, the plant will be able to provide water for about 7,500 people daily in the southern Yangon township of Dala, where there is a shortage of potable water, the ITRI said. The existing water treatment facility in Dala, which was built by the ITRI in 2014, currently provides clean drinking water to 700-1,000 people a day. The only other domestic water supply in the township is a public pool that is located about 30 minutes away by foot, the institute said. It said that every evening, many women and children can be seen walking to the pool to fill containers, since they do not have pipe-borne water in their homes. Dala, in the Ayeyarwady Delta, has adequate water for irrigation purposes, but it lacks clean drinking water as it lies downstream from a heavily polluted part of the Ayeyarwady River, the institute said. It said Dala residents have to store water during the monsoon season, extract it from underground, or collect it at the public public pool for daily use. This situation, coupled with the practice of not boiling drinking water, results in outbreaks of diarrhea in the township, the institute said. With an improved water supply in Dala, the children would not have to spend so much time collecting water and therefore would be able to receive a better education, while the adults would be able to use their time more productively instead of trekking back and forth to collect water, the ITRI said. The ITRI said that it will entrust a non-profit organization in Myanmar to maintain the extended water plant when it is completed. (By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 04:45 GMT+08:00