|Residents of alley 18, Quan Thanh Street in Ha Noi, queue up for water. A new plant will supply water from the Hong River to the city's residents. — Photo xaluan.vn
HA NOI (VNS) – The Ha Noi authority yesterday announced a plan to build a new water plant in a district on its outskirts, to supply water to the residents of the area.
As per the plan, the plant will use the water of the Hong (Red) River and will be located in Dan Phuong District's Lien Hong Commune. The water pipeline will run through five communes in Dan Phuong District, six communes in North Tu Liem District and one commune in Tay Ho District.
The Ha Noi Water Limited Company (Hawaco) said the plant would cost more than VND3.6 trillion (US$162 million), which would be sourced from the enterprise, organisations and individuals.
The project will be implemented in two stages. The first stage will be completed in 2018, and is expected to allow the supply of 150,000cu.m of clean water daily. The second stage is scheduled to be completed by 2020 to raise the plant's production capacity to 300,000cu.m a day.
When it becomes operational, the plant will provide water to residents of areas to the west of Ring Road 3, north of National Highway 32 in North Tu Liem District and Dan Phuong District. These areas have reportedly been facing regular water shortages.
The project is scheduled to begin early next year.
Trinh Kim Giang, deputy head of the Hong River Surface Water JSC, said the technology that would be used by the plant would ensure water quality as per the health ministry's criteria.
In reply to questions on the quality of pipelines, Director of the municipal Department of Construction Le Van Duc said the pipelines would be made of plastic cast iron and installed 1.5m below the surface, instead of 6m under the surface as the current pipeline of the Da River.
In case the new pipeline breaks, the repair work will not take much time.
The pipeline design has been inspected and approved by the ministry, Duc said.
The Da River pipeline-- the main pipeline supplying Da River water to people -- became operational in 1997. It has broken 15 times since 2012. Tens of thousands of households suffered water shortages for days on each occasion. The construction of the plant is seen as a move by Ha Noi to ease water shortages and ensure a long-term water source for the city. — VNS