Viet Nam News
HẢI PHÒNG — The northern port city of Hải Phòng is urgently on working clean water reservoirs in Cát Hải Island District to combat waster shortage.
This year, Cát Bà tourism town in the district was short of water in 34 days and had to buy clean water from other areas.
One reason for the shortage was that after the Đình Vũ-Cát Hải Bridge was completed, tourists going to Cát Bà tourism town increased sharply.
In May this year, the town received 385,000 tourists, an increased by more than 60 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Another factor was the lack of rainfall during the summer.
Chairman of the Hải Phòng People’s Committee Nguyễn Văn Tùng asked the Cát Hải District People’s Committee to speed up its work of completing the Phù Long Reservoir in Phù Long Commune.
The municipal department of agriculture and rural development was requested to complete reservoirs in Xuân Đám and Trân Châu communes.
The reservoirs are expected to open for public use by the beginning of next year.
Other reservoirs which are already in Cát Bà will be widened to store water for the dry season.
The Hải Phòng Water Joint Stock Company will set up a project of upgrading water supply system for the island. One option being considered was taking clean water from Cát Hải District via the Lạch Huyện Port.
Hoàng Trung Cường, deputy chairman of the Cát Hải District People’s Committee, said from June 7 to July 10 this year, the Hải Phòng Water Joint Stock Company transported about 900cu.m of water to Cát Bà Town per day.
This year, Cát Hải District conducted different temporary measures including digging more wells or fixing others, installing a system to treat sea water, and giving education to local residents on saving clean water, especially during dry season.
Cát Bà Island is one of the world network of biosphere reserves, and the biggest tourism site in Hải Phòng port city.
More than 2.5 million tourists visited this year, of whom 608,000 are foreigners. It is forecast that the number of tourists will continue to rise in the coming years. — VNS