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Capital to face water shortage in summer

Update: May, 05/2015 - 16:14
Residents in several areas of Ha Noi would face water shortage this summer. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Residents in several areas of Ha Noi would face water shortage this summer, the Ha Noi Water Supply Company said.

The company warned about the possibility of water shortage in the residential areas of Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Dong Da and Cau Giay, besides Hoang Mai and Hai Ba Trung districts.

The company said the demand for water increases from 10 to 15 per cent during prolonged hot weather.

The water shortage is expected to reach 60,000cu.m per day, while the demand for clean water in summer increases by two to three per cent annually.

A representative of the company said one of the reasons for the shortage of water was that groundwater resources were falling by one to two per cent annually.

The Da River Water Supply Plant supplies about 40,000cu.m to 50,000cu.m per day to the city, while the plant's water pipeline always has trouble.

The plant's pipeline has broken twice and its power was cut at the beginning of the year, affecting the water supply to Dong Da and Cau Giay districts.

Meanwhile, the implementation of projects to increase the water levels of the River Hong (Red) and the River Duong is slow due to lack of investment capital and land for construction.

The Ha Noi Water Supply Company said it would try to increase the production capacity of water factories to deal with the current difficulties, with the quantity of exploited groundwater expected to increase from 585,000cu.m to 620,000 cu.m per day by the end of October.

The company will co-ordinate with the Da River Water Supply Plant to maintain adequate water supply, and will use tankers to supply water to areas without clean water sources.

Meanwhile, the Viwaco joint stock company, which supplies water to residents in Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Cau Giay and Dong Da, besides Tu Liem districts, said about 70,000 residents were likely to face water shortage because of broken water pipes.

At a recent conference to discuss measures to ensure adequate water supply, Vice-Chairman of the capital's People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung said the supply of water would be difficult this summer.

The committee has asked water plants to operate at full capacity, and to carry out technical measures to limit losses, Hung said.

The committee also requested the plants to stop implementing projects to develop the water supply system, if there weren't enough water sources at the moment. — VNS

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