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Work begins on new water pipe

Update: January, 26/2015 - 09:13
This is the tenth time the Da River pipeline has broken in its two-year lifespan.— Photo baodautu

HA NOI (VNS) — After a pipeline bringing water from the Da River to Ha Noi broke numerous times, most recently leaving around 70,000 people without clean water, construction on a second pipeline is due to start before Tet.

Residents were without clean water for about three days after the latest rupture, which took place on January 15 in Quoc Oai District's Ngoc Liep Commune. This is the tenth time the Da River pipeline has broken in its two-year lifespan.

Shoddy construction and substandard pipelines caused the breakages. The issues were compounded by construction work on Thang Long Boulevard, according to the Ministry of Construction, which investigated the problem last year.

Phan Dang Long, deputy head of the Ha Noi Committee for Populalisation and Education, said the ruptures were expected and could happen again in the future, due to the low quality of the pipeline.

The Viet Nam Construction and Import-Export Corporation (Vinaconex), the corporation in charge of the first pipe, was chosen to build the second one. But instead of using the same material as the first pipe, fiberglass, Vinaconex will use cast iron.

"Though cast iron pipe will be more expensive, its quality is higher and construction time is shorter, which will help make the pipe usable sooner," said Nguyen Van Ton, general director of the Viet Nam Water Supply Corporation under Vinaconex. "We will continue repairing the first pipeline to ensure that both lines function well and supply enough water for the residents."

The 21km second pipeline, which will cost VND1.2 trillion (US$57.1 million), is expected to be finished this summer to meet higher water demand during the hot months. — VNS

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