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Press Release

May 10, 2018

Ground-breaking Ceremony for "The Greater Yangon Water Supply Improvement Project (MY-P5)"

The Ground-breaking Ceremony for the Japanese ODA Loan project "The Greater Yangon Water Supply Improvement Project (MY-P5)" was held at the construction site of Package No.3 (near Thanlyin Bridge No. 2) on 10 May 2018.

The ceremony was attended by H.E. U Maung Maung Soe, Mayor of Yangon City, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), H.E. Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan and Mr. Masayuki KARASAWA, Chief Representative, JICA Myanmar Office and concerned officials from YCDC.

The ODA Loan agreement was concluded between The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on 5 September 2014, to provide concessional loans of up to a total of 23 billion Japanese Yen. The objective of the project is to enhance water supply service by expanding water treatment facilities and improving distribution network, thereby contributing to improvement in the living environment of regional residents in Greater Yangon. "The Greater Yangon Water Supply Improvement Project (MY-P5)" has been implementing in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and will be ended in 2022.

The rapid urbanization and increasing population put more pressure on existing old infrastructure and deterioration of urban environment in Yangon City, which is the largest economic center of Myanmar. Water and sewage facilities are the most basic infrastructure systems that guarantee public health in the city. However, YCDC has been facing a range of problems due to financial and technical difficulties and rapid population growth - such as insufficient capacity of facilities, low water pressure, and high leakage ratio, and delay in provision of a water supply system and insufficient treatment capacity of wastewater, and subsequently this may cause environmental problems. Considering such increasing water demands, improvement of water supply service is necessary as soon as possible. Such an investment is indispensable in order to attract international investment in Greater Yangon as well.

In order to cope with those issues, "The Greater Yangon Water Supply Improvement Project (MY-P5)" will cover the improvements such as (1) Water source development together with treatment plant and transmission system to increase water supply coverage, (2) Creation of distribution district together with a) construction of service reservoir, distribution pump and distribution pipe, b) DMA creation to make equitable water supply and Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction, and (3) Installation of disinfection equipment to supply safe water.

JICA, as a long-standing friend of Myanmar, will continue to provide as much assistance as possible to maximize economic growth potentials in Myanmar, by using every means of our assistance in the future.

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