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Long An households suffer water shortage

Update: May, 25/2015 - 10:15
Nearly 500 households in the southern province of Long An's Tan Trach Commune have been suffering serious water shortages for several months due to the ongoing severe drought. — Illustrative image/ Photo tinmoitruong

HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 500 households in the southern province of Long An's Tan Trach Commune have been suffering serious water shortages for several months due to the ongoing severe drought.

Other communes in the province's Can Duoc District are also in a similar situation.

According to residents in Tan Trach Commune, the dry season had arrived earlier than in previous years and lasted longer, causing canals and rivers to dry up. The clean water system was also failing to meet their demand.

Nguyen Le Trang, a resident in the commune, said they have not had any water from the clean water pipelines since the beginning of this year, and canals had dried up.

She had been forced to spend a lot of money to buy water for domestic use from other localities at prices up to six times more than usual, she said.

Her neighbour Nguyen Hoai Nhan said his family was unable to afford the high prices for water so he drove several kilometres a day to get water from other canals.

Nhan, Trang and other households have asked local authorities and the Phan Huu Hiep Clean Water Company to check the situation and fix the clean water pipelines to help them.

Nguyen Minh Trang, chairman of the communal People's Committee, said the water shortage in the locality this year was much more serious than in previous years.

Households located at the end of the pipelines were not receiving any water because those located at the start of the lines were using too much water, he explained.

They had asked the company to set up an additional pump and five free water supply stations to provide enough water for people in the commune, he said.

The company also plans to invest in upgrades to its pipes and pumping stations to meet local people's needs, especially in the dry season. — VNS

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