The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $180 Million USD in funding to support construction of a new water transmission network for the city of Yangon, Myanmar.
The 34-kilometer system will include a new intake structure at the Ngamoeyeik Reservoir, a pumping station 900 meters downstream, and a dedicated 2.4 meter-diameter pipeline that will connect the reservoir to the Nyaungnhapin water treatment plant. It will expand the city’s water network and will strengthening ability to operate and manage water services and contributing to ability to respond to climate change.
“The Yangon City Water Resilience Project will address critical water infrastructure needs associated with bulk water supply in Yangon City and strengthen water security,” said ADB Principal Urban Development Specialist Alan Baird. “It will help improve the resilience of the country’s major economic hub and support inclusive, sustainable economic growth. Safe, piped water also comes with better sanitation and hygiene, which is critical to controlling the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
Yangon contributes 23 Percent of Myanmar’s gross domestic product and houses about 10 Percent of the country’s population. The city’s population rose 2.2 Percent per annum, on average, from 2014 to 2019. Fewer that 50 Percent of households have access to piped water, with intermittent service of varying quality.