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Project to supply city-wide clean water gets thumbs up

Update: June, 25/2012 - 10:14


Workers install energy-saving management equipment at the Thu Duc Water Company in HCM City. The city plans to supply clean water to all of its residents by 2025 as part of a new plan recently approved by the Prime Minister. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HCM CITY — A water-supply system expected to provide clean water for all residents of HCM City by 2025 has been approved by the Prime Minister.

Under the plan, clean water would be supplied by 2015 to everyone in districts that were officially part of the urban area.

For the rest of the city, the plan targets providing clean water to 98 per cent of residents.

The plan also aims to reduce the loss of revenue experienced by water-supply plants to 32 per cent by 2015 and 25 per cent by 2025.

By 2015, total daily demand for clean water in the city is predicted to be 2.75 million cubic metres and 3.57 million cubic metres by 2025.

The city's water-supply project calls for use of water from the Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers and Chinh Dong Canal.

However, specialists plan to conduct research on the possibility of using water from reservoirs, such as Tri An, Dau Tieng and Phuoc Hoa, if the river water is considered too polluted.

In addition, underground water will be exploited on an industrial scale by 2025, with an expected capacity of 100,000cu.m every day.

By that time, the city said it would require all residents to stop using small water wells.

The total cost of the water-supply scheme is VND68 trillion (US$3.3 billion). — VNS

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