Three outlying districts in HCM City where households are supplied fresh water by lorries will be linked by pipelines within the next three years at a cost of nearly VNĐ1.75 trillion (US$78 million). – VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY – Three outlying districts in HCM City where households are supplied fresh water by lorries will be linked by pipelines within the next three years at a cost of nearly VNĐ1.75 trillion (US$78 million), the city water utility has said.
“The Sài Gòn Water Supply Corporation (Sawaco) provides fresh water to 100 per cent of households in HCM City,” Trần Quang Minh, general director of Sawaco, told Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper.
“But 51,000 households in districts Bình Chánh, Hóc Môn and 12 do not get water through pipes and Sawaco is trying to resolve this.”
A rapidly growing population due to migration is a big challenge in supplying water, he said.
“We have just found that in Bình Chánh District there are still 38,000 households which do not get fresh water through pipes.”
Over the last three years Chợ Lớn Water Supply Company, a subsidiary of Sawaco, has been installing a VNĐ850 billion ($38 million) pipeline in Bình Chánh District.
Minh said: “Now Sawaco has decided to give the rest of work to the Rural Water Supply Company instead of Chợ Lớn Water Supply Company. It will make funding easier.”
It is expected that another VNĐ1.175 trillion ($52 million) is needed to complete the pipeline, he said.
He added that 2,600 households in District 12 and 9,000 in Hóc Môn would get fresh water through pipes, with the installation costing VNĐ570 billion ($25.3 million). – VNS