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Dak Lak lacks water for Tet festivities

Update: February, 06/2013 - 11:01

HA NOI — Thousands of households in Buon Ma Thuot City are suffering water shortages due to major reduction in underground water.

The Dak Lak Water Supply and Construction Investment Company is producing only 35,000cu m of water per day, 40 per cent lower than usual.

Nguyen Khac Dan, head of the company’s Technical Department, said the fall in water levels during Tet had never happened before.

He said that this year farmers had started watering their coffee trees following several months of minimal rain, which had caused the underground water to run low. Also, a greater number of power cuts had interrupted pumping, he said.

About 15,000 households in different areas of the city, in Central Highlands Dak Lak Province, were taking turns in facing water restrictions each day.

It was expected the situation would become more serious during the Tet Holiday, especially on Thursday and Friday when the demand for domestic use was traditionally two times higher than usual.

All reservoirs at the company’s pump stations had become exhausted. Ea Ko Tam, the main pump station was operating at 20 per cent of capacity.

People in elevated and central areas of the city, such as the communes of Tan Loi and Tan An, had suffered water shortages for several consecutive days.

Nguyen Van Son, in Dao Duy Tu Street, said the water restrictions had disturbed their routines. The family had bought big water bottles for cooking and drinking but that was just a temporary solution for the holiday.

Other city’s residents said they were using big tanks to save water for the days when there was no water, following a timetable set by water producers.

In previous years, water restrictions were introduced between April and June to ensure enough water for the whole city during the dry season. — VNS

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