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More households to get fresh water

Update: January, 14/2012 - 09:45

HCM CITY — A further 100,000 households, accounting for 1 per cent of HCM City's population, will be supplied drinking water this year, the Sai Gon Water Supply Co. has said.

To increase the number of households in the city to get clean water from 86 per cent last year to 87 per cent, SAWACO would take several measures, including reducing the water loss rate to 37 per cent, said the utility's director Tran Dinh Phu.

SAWACO had reduced the loss by 1.48 percentage points to 38.42 per cent last year, he said.

Vo Quang Chau, the company's deputy director, said two projects to cut the loss funded by the World Bank and the Netherlands were progressing smoothly.

The World Bank project helped eliminate a daily loss of 50,339 cubic metres of clean water through leakage in Districts 1 and 3, while the other helped lower losses significantly in Binh Thanh District's wards 25, 27, and 28.

A loan from the Asian Development Bank will fund the upgrade of the water distribution system and increase supply capacity, while a 10-km pipeline from Binh Thai Crossroads to downtown HCM City will supply water to 13,273 poor households.

Chau said two major works to supply water to Long Hoa, Binh Khanh, An Nghia, and An Thoi Dong Communes of Can Gio District, and four newly established communes in Nha Be District would be completed in the second and third quarters of this year.

According to SAWACO statistics, 112,324 households were connected to its water distribution network last year, while each city resident was provided with 122 litres of water daily on average.

SAWACO is making efforts to increase the volume of clean water it supplies per day from 1.6 million cubic metres now to 2.4 million cubic metres by 2015, a 50 per cent rise. — VNS

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