|Workers repair a broken water pipe in Ha Noi. The Ministry of Construction has called for inspections into the cause of a water main rupture that left tens of thousands of households in Ha Noi without water. — Photo Dan Tri
HA NOI (VNS)— Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung has called for inspections into the cause of a burst water main that has left tens of thousands of households in Ha Noi without water.
Dung made the request after the main that brings water from the Da River to the capital ruptured for the fifth time since it was put into operation in 1997.
The latest fault was found in Thach That District on April 2, but inspectors are yet to establish the cause of the problem.
Up to 70,000 households in the districts of Hoang Mai, Thanh Xuan, Cau Giay, Tu Liem and Thanh Tri suffered water shortages for at least two days.
Minister Dung asked the Department of State Expertise of Construction Work Quality, the Technical Infrastructure Department, the Institute for Building Materials and the Institute of Science and Technology to revise the processes involved in researching, designing, building and operating the pipelines,
He also asked the units to check the material used for the pipes following reports they were made from synthetic fiber that ruptured easily.
Vinaconex Clean Water JSC and the Viet Nam Clean Water Investment and Construction Corporation have been asked to supply reports on the problem to authorities.
The Da River Water Plant supplies 30 per cent of water to households in the city. Since 2012, the water mains have burst at different points along the Thang Long Boulevard and in Thach That District. The cause of the problem, according to the water company, was weak soil around the pipes and the proximity of the highway. — VNS