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Water plant built in 2009 never worked

Update: January, 15/2016 - 09:59
Nearly VND20 billion (US$888,800) from the State budget was wasted on the Thuong Cat Clean Water Plant in Thuong Cat Commune, Ha Noi's Bac Tu Liem District that has yet to supply water to residents for the past six years. — Photo phapluatplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly VND20 billion (US$888,800) from the State budget was wasted on a clean water plant that has yet to supply water to residents for the past six years.

The Thuong Cat Clean Water Plant, which was completed in 2009, is in Thuong Cat Commune, Ha Noi's Bac Tu Liem District.

Tu Liem District People's Committee was the main investor in the project, and it was built by the district project management committee and the Ha Noi Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company.

Dinh Thi Du, a local resident, said that her family had spent VND1 million ($40) to install water pipes from the plant to their house, but had not had access to clean water or received compensation in the last six years.

Residents have reported the problem at local meetings, but the situation has not improved.

At present, local residents must use water from wells, but the water is often polluted, so each family in the ward has set up filtration systems costing millions of dong. Some households also buy bottled clean water for cooking and drinking.

Ngo Tien Bac, deputy chairman of Thuong Cat Ward People's Committee, said the ward had more than 2,300 households and 10,000 people, and all of them used water from the wells.

Neighbouring communes and wards have had clean water for three years, but Thuong Cat is still dry, according to Bac.

Bac added that six years ago the ward had nine wells supplying water for the Mai Dich Clean Water Plant, so authorities intended to use the water to supply the Thuong Cat Clean Water Plant.

The plant was completed and transferred to the ward in September 2009, but water pressure in the area is too low for it to be put into use.

A Tien phong (Vanguard) newspaper correspondent said that weeds were taking hold around the plant, and the pipes were stained and rusty.

Deputy chairman Bac said that water supplies had been under the management of the Ha Noi Clean Water Plant since May last year.

Since then, the company had conducted studies to find an appropriate place to source water from, but had yet to find a suitable source.

Nguyen Van Sy, chief of the secretariat of the Bac Tu Liem District People's Committee, told Lao dong (Labour) newspaper that before the Thuong Cat Clean Water Plant was built, the ward had a pumping station to pump water from wells to the Mai Dich Clean Water Plant.

The Thuong Cat Clean Water Plant was designed to take water from the pumping station. — VNS

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