|Residents get clean water in Can Gio District, HCM City. By the end of last year 1,647,662 out of a total of 1,874,114 households, or 87.92 per cent, were linked to the water supply system. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HCM City (VNS)— HCM City has provided clean water to 131,889 more households last year, the Sai Gon Water Supply Corporation told a review meeting on Tuesday.
By the end of the year 1,647,662 out of a total of 1,874,114 households, or 87.92 per cent, were linked to the water supply system.
During the year the corporation had focused on stabilising supply and water quality so that it could provide consumers with safe water.
It had invested in expanding the pipeline network, a corporation spokesperson said.
By adjusting pipeline pressure, the utility managed to increase supply last year by more than 7.5 per cent to 586.27 million cubic metres.
The water loss due to leakage fell by 2.42 percentage points to 30.43 per cent.
The city had installed 116,086 new water meters, more than twice the target.
The corporation has set itself a target of covering all households in the city with fresh water by 2016, increasing supply capacity to 2.42 million cubic metres per day and cutting water losses to 29 per cent.
To achieve the targets, the corporation will speed up work on expanding the supply system and adopt new technologies and materials.
Vo Van Hoan, Chief Officer of the city People's Committee, urged the corporation to make plans to cope with water shortages in the dry season and raise public awareness about saving groundwater to protect the environment. — VNS