|A view of the Thu Duc Water Plant in HCM City. The Sai Gon Water Corporation will increase water prices in the city by 9-11 per cent. — VNS Photo Courtesy of the Thu Duc Water Plant
HCM CITY (VNS) — Sai Gon Water Corporation (Sawaco) plans to increase water prices in HCM City by 9-11 per cent, Bach Vu Hai, deputy general director of Sawaco.
Hai told Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) newspaper that the proposed increase would act as a roadmap for further price hikes in the period 2014-2018.
He added however that the price of water would remain the same for low-income households.
This year, Sawaco needs to raise VND4.5 trillion ($215 million) to fund new water pipelines and install new water-clocks to ensure 100 per cent of households in HCM City have access to tap water.
As it stands, over 1000 households in the Da Phuoc Commune in Binh Chanh District still don't have access to tap water, due to poor allocation of resources in the district.
As part of the State's policy of socialising the water supply, households in Tan Kien commune will be required to contribute VND10 million ($474) towards installing the water pipelines. However, according to the Voice of HCM City People (VOH), the average income of the residents is VND25 million ($1,186) per year, so despite efforts by local officials to solve this problem, they are yet to find a solution.
According to Bach Vu Hai, the reason they have not installed the pipelines, is that there are pending road works scheduled in the district. If they were to install them, they would have to reinstall them once the road works have been completed.
As a temporary solution, Sawaco will install a water container to provide water for residents.
According a report supplied by the Binh Chanh authority, there are communes in Binh Chanh District such as Tan Nhut, Vinh Loc A, that still use wells for daily activities.
Currently, only 50.49 per cent of households in Binh Chanh district have access to tap water, in part due to the district's thinly distributed population which covers a large area, making it difficult to install pipelines. — VNS