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Fears of Tet water shortage alleviated

Update: February, 05/2016 - 10:22
Companies that supply clean water to the capital will ensure a stable supply to Hanoians during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. — Illustrative Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Companies that supply clean water to the capital will ensure a stable supply to Hanoians during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, representatives of these companies said.

Dinh Hoang Linh, deputy director of the Viet Nam Clean Water Investment and Construction Corporation (Viwaco), said his firm had organised two teams to receive public information about fresh water supplies and to repair water pipes where necessary.

These groups would work round the clock to ensure people do not face any problems, the official said yesterday.

Demand for fresh water has dramatically increased ahead of the Lunar New Year, especially from December 23 to 29 of the lunar year (from February 1 to 7), a representative of the Ha Noi Water Ltd Co, said.

The official said the company had prepared a plan to operate its 12 water factories to provide enough water to people in the city before, during and after the Tet holiday.

The company had also assigned officials to work during the holiday, he said.

A shortage of clean water affected residents, restaurants, offices and businesses in many parts of Ha Noi due to a broken pipeline from the Da River Water Supply Plant last October.

The situation would not be completely rectified until a second pipeline was built from the Da River.

The existing pipeline, which normally delivers up to over 500,000 cubic metres of water a day to the city, has ruptured 13 times since 2012.

Company violations

The People's Supreme Procuracy on Wednesday began legal proceedings against nine people for violating construction regulations that caused breaks in water supplies at the Vietnam Construction, Import - Export Corporation (Vinaconex).

The nine people are Hoang The Trung, former director of the Da river pipeline project, Nguyen Van Khai, former deputy director of the project, Truong Tran Hien, former head of the project's materials and equipment division, Tran Cao Bang, former director of the Viwase Company that supplied the pipes, Vu Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Viwase Company, Do Dinh Tri, head of the Viwase Company's consultancy and supervision group and Nguyen Bien Hung, Hoang Quoc Thong and Bui Minh Quan, who were former employees at the Viwase Company.

The indictment detailed how the Da River clean water project, whose investor was the Vinaconex Corporation, was set up in 2004 and began operating in 2009.

The pipeline system repeatedly needed repair from February 2012 to September 2015.

Officials report that more than VND13.4 billion ($595,500) was spent on repairing the system during this period. — VNS

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