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More Da River water pipeline breaches likely: experts

Update: August, 20/2015 - 15:11
Workers are fixing the Da River water pipeline which broken the 13th time last Thursday. About 55,000 households suffered from water shortage after the broken. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh

HA NOI (VNS) — The Da River water pipeline is likely to be breached again, affecting water supply, experts from the Ha Noi Department of Construction said.

In a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday afternoon, Le Hong Quan, head of the Water Drainage Management Division under the department, said after the water pipeline was breached for the 13th time last Thursday, the Ha Noi People's Committee asked the Viet Nam Construction and Import-Export Corporation (Vinaconex) to fix it.

The pipeline breach affected about 55,000 households in Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Dong Da and Cau Giay, as well as Nam Tu Liem and Bac Tu Liem districts.

About 100 workers joined the repair work, and the broken pipeline was fixed the next day.

Quan said the company temporarily transported clean water from some nearby water plants to residential quarters in Cau Giay, Dong Da, Ba Dinh and Hoang Mai districts, which did not receive water from the Da River system after the broken pipeline was fixed.

While repairing the water pipeline this time, the company discovered that there was a high risk of breakage at two points in the system.

The department proposed that Vinaconex could build a second water pipeline system to ensure water supply, in case the first pipeline broke.

Director of the department Le Van Duc said if Vinaconex did not begin construction on the second water pipeline in October this year, the Ha Noi Clean Water Plant would do it.

Duc said water supply companies could set up hotlines to receive information related to water shortage. If a water pipeline is breached, companies should find other ways of supplying water to residents such as tankers or by pumping water to different areas in turns.

Ha Noi's demand for clean water has increased by 10 per cent annually.

The construction work on the 300,000cu.m-per-day Hong River Water Plant will begin soon. — VNS

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