Meanwhile, a water plant worth VNĐ12 billion (US$520,580), which was supposed to supply water for 3,300 households in four villages in the commune, has been left abandoned.
The drought-hit Mekong Delta province of Long An this year needs more fresh water, but can only supply about 50 per cent of demand from its 35 fresh water treatment plants and stations.
Water plants in Hà Nội were asked to implement measures to ensure supply for the city during summer when demand for water usually increases, said vice director of the city’s Construction Department Hoàng Cao Thắng.
The central city has begun construction of a steel dam – the second of its kind – on the lower Cẩm Lệ River to reduce salinity and deal with serious water shortages in the dry season this year.
The operation of hydropower dams must not have negative impacts on public security or production, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said.
The city People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung told a hearing of the municipal People’s Council on Wednesday that the tap water issue was a matter many Hanoians cared greatly about.