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Da Nang to hike up price of treated water

Update: February, 14/2014 - 08:55

Accordingly, the residents in the city will pay VND3,800 (US$0.18) instead of VND3,500 ($0.16) for the first 10 cubic metres of water, and VND4,500 instead of VND4,100 for each extra cubic metre from this month.— Photo bizlive

DA NANG (VNS) — The central city of Da Nang has decided to increase the price of treated water due to rising production costs from work overload on pumping system operations in the dry season.

Accordingly, the residents in the city will pay VND3,800 (US$0.18) instead of VND3,500 ($0.16) for the first 10 cubic metres of water, and VND4,500 instead of VND4,100 for each extra cubic metre from this month.

Meanwhile, the price of water used by businesses and services has also been hiked from VND11,600($0.5) to VND12,800 per cubic metre.

Director of the Da Nang water supply company Nguyen Truong Anh said that the pumps had to work 24 hours for six or seven months instead of one month.

"It's the operation of the Dak Mi 4 hydro-power plant in the Vu Gia River system which caused high salinity in the Cau Do River waters, the major water source for Da Nang," Anh stated.

"Our reserve pumping stations had to work round the clock to provide fresh water by removing the salinity in the Cau Do River waters," he said.

He added that the work overload on the pumping stations cost VND13 billion ($620,000) per year.

An expert of hydro-power and irrigation from the Da Nang Technology College, Nguyen The Hung, said the water shortage in the lowlands in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province resulted from the operation of hydro-power plants and heavy deforestation near the riverhead in the past years.

Deputy Director of the city's Agriculture and Rural Development Department Huynh Van Thang affirmed that the Dak Mi 4 hydro-power plant consumes 1.2 billion cubic metres of the Vu Gia River, as much as 50 per cent of the river flow.

The central city forwarded the solution to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the hydro-power project to deal with the water shortage in the lowlands of Da Nang and Quang Nam. — VNS

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