The water shortage in HCM City’s outlying Can Gio District is set to become a thing of the past with a newly inaugurated water-supply project that is expected to fully meet the needs of the 18,000 local households.
The first phase of the Sai Gon Water Supply Corporation (SAWACO) ‘s project is finished and will begin supplying water soon, ending a water subsidy for residents which rose to VND60 billion (US$2.8 million) last year.
The project began in January 2010 and was expected to be finished last year, but was held up by delays in acquiring land for the pumping station in the adjacent Nha Be District.
The water will be supplied from SAWACO’s Thu Duc District water-treatment plant.
A 42-km pipeline to carry the water has been laid.
Around 39,000cu.m will be supplied daily to Can Gio residents.
Nguyen Van Toan Chau, head of the project, said hundreds of engineers and workers were working in three shifts, often without electricity or water, to complete the work, but they got strong support and encouragement from local people.
Doan Van Son, deputy head of the Can Gio People’s Committee, said for nearly a decade, the district had suffered from a shortage of electricity and water and poor infrastructure.
The city government had already addressed the electricity and infrastructure problems, he said.
Initially around 8,000 households would be supplied with water but before the year is out, all 18,000 households with 70,000 people would be covered, he said.
“The system will help the city save VND60 billion every year.” The city used to subsidise the 2.5 million cu.m of water that residents bought during the year at the rate of VND30,000 to VND32,000 per cubic metre.
The second phase of the project will be carried out in 2020, when the supply will increase to 80,000cu.m a day.