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HCM City districts aim to bring water to more residents

Update: April, 15/2016 - 09:48
Residents get clean water in HCM City. The city's authorities outlying districts plan to co-operate with local water supply companies to lay pipes to achieve their target of supplying clean water to all households by the end of this year.— VNA/VNS Photo Kim Phương

HCM CITY— Authorities in HCM City’s outlying districts plan to co-operate with local water supply companies to lay pipes to achieve their target of supplying clean water to all households by the end of this year.

Speaking at a two-day meeting which ended yesterday by the city People’s Council’s Economic and Policy Board, Lý Hiếu Thanh, deputy chairman of Hóc Môn District, said the Sài Gòn Water Corporation (Sawaco) would install 416km of pipes for the purpose.

The district would build more water pumping stations and water meters and install more water supply tanks for households in areas without pipes.

Around 51 per cent of the district’s 86,432 households have access to clean water, with Tân Hiệp and Tân Xuân communes having the lowest rates of such households.

This figure increases from only 8.4 per cent recorded in 2011.

Nguyễn Văn Trường, deputy chairman of Bình Chánh District, said the district authorities plan to install water meters for 34,336 households and 433 tanks to supply another 42,200 households and build water pumping stations.

But the process would be slow, he feared.

Only 50 per cent of the district’s 155,643 households get clean water, he added.

Many of those without clean water live in the communes of Đa Phước, Vĩnh Lộc A and B.

However, a paradox is occuring in the Hóc Môn District. Many households there do not use clean water although they have water meters installed.

A representative of Trung An Water Supply Company, a Sawaco subsidiary, said the rate is 26 per cent, with many households being in the communes of Bà Điểm, Đông Thạnh, and Thới Tam Thôn.

Nguyễn Văn Lâm of the Economic and Policy Board said communications should be strengthened to help households that do not use clean water understand the benefits of clean water to avoid waste. ---VNS

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