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Thousands hit by water supply cuts

Update: October, 03/2014 - 09:00
Over a thousand local residents are undergoing this nightmare shortage of water without explanations or announcements. — Photo baomoi

HA NOI (VNS) — Residents of Ha Dong's Mo Lao commune have spent twenty days without fresh water.

"Over a thousand local residents are undergoing this nightmare shortage of water without explanations or announcements," said Dao Thi Suu, Mo Lao's Head of Street Population Group/Residential Block 12.

Suu said she had made more than ten calls to Nam Tu Liem district's Thong Nhat Co-operative and was given weak responses.

Deputy director of the co-operative Le The Hung explained that three requests had been sent to water supplier VIWACO, but the company "had no solutions yet."

VIWACO director Nguyen Anh Viet blamed the problematic water pipe, which had previously broken.

Some 150 children in the block were under five and badly needed water, said local resident Nguyen Thi Tinh. Adults were sending children to relatives' homes for fresh water and avoided using reserved water by taking showers at their offices and using muddy water to clean toilets.

Neighbour Vu Van Huy said he had gotten used to staying up from 11pm to 5am to pump fresh water from the houses at the start of the water pipe.

Wells built ten years ago, before fresh water was delivered to the area, were also being used as a temporary solution, said Le Van Tuyen, a third local. While the wells were primitively structured with two filtering layers that could not ensure water hygiene, his family and others had to use water from the wells for their daily living activities since they had no other choice. — VNS

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