In the pursuit to develop its industries towards sustainable development, the government has warned factories to treat their wastewater before disposing into Myanmar’s bodies of water – the lakes and rivers, or face penalties, that may include the closure of their facilities.

The Yangon Regional Chief Minister, U Phyo Min Thein approved a US$4.5 million water purification project funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for the Shwe Lin Ban industrial zone.
The Myanmar Engineering Society’s water resources reported that only 5% of the country’s water wealth of 56 cubic kilometers is usable through current strategies, and financial and technical capabilities. With the demand for water expected to increase over the next decade, cleaning of Myanmar’s water sources and increasing the people’s access to pipe or tap water, is predicted to help cut down on waste management and save money.

With an estimate of 19,000 cubic meters of water available for per person per annum, Myanmar is a regional water superpower. It has water storage capacity available, nine times that of China and 16 times the amount in both Bangladesh & India.