|Doctors and patients at 198 Hospital have to wait in line to get clean water. — Photo 24h.com.vn
HA NOI — Ha Noi's People's Committee has urged the prime minister to build a water pipeline from Highway 21 to Beltway No. 3 to meet the local residents' need for clean water.
The new water pipeline, with a capacity between 60,000 and 70,000cu.m., will support the existing pipeline and will require a total investment of some VND864 billion (US$38.2 million) in loans from the city's development fund.
The Viet Nam Construction Import-Export Joint Stock Corporation spent VND1.5 trillion ($66.7 million) on the old pipeline, which began delivering clean water from the Da River Water Factory in the neighbouring province of Hoa Binh to families in six Ha Noi districts in late 2008.
The pipeline, still in its first phase, runs for 47km and has the capacity to supply 300,000cu.m of water per day.
Construction work for the second phase of the project, or the upgrading of Da River's clean water supply, was scheduled to begin in August, with investment capital of VND4.9 trillion ($218 million), but work has not yet begun.
Once the second phase of the project is completed, the water supply capacity of the pipeline will rise from 300,000cu.m to 600,000cu.m per day.
Over the past four years, the pipeline transporting clean water from the Da River Water Plant in the northern province of Hoa Binh to Ha Noi broke or leaked 15 times.
Breakdowns have occurred more often this year. The latest incident took place on September 26, when part of the pipeline in Thach That District broke at 3am, causing a water shortage for 70,000 households in the city.
The water shortage forced hospitals in Ha Noi to delay non-emergency surgeries and created hardships for hundreds of patients in hospitals.
The supply of water to the city returned to normal yesterday. — VNS