​Ho Chi Minh City starts building anti-flood reservoir

The construction will be complete within seven days

The construction is carried out on Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City on August 1, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The construction of a flood control lake has begun in Ho Chi Minh City and is expected to be finished within a week.

The regulator project began implementation on Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc District on Tuesday morning, and is expected to alleviate flooding in the neighborhood.

Japan’s Sekisui Company and its Vietnamese partner, VMC Group, are in charge of the construction.

According to Tran Van Chin, chairman of the management board of VMC Group, the lake will be located underground and have a capacity of 109 cubic meters.

Workers construct the flood control reservoir in Thu Duc District. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers construct the flood control reservoir in Thu Duc District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The construction is anticipated to be finished in seven days, before works are carried out to restore the streets surface.

Ninety-five percent of the water stored in the reservoir will be used for watering and firefighting missions.

Following a request from Sekisui, the lake will be constructed from cross-wave modules, made of polypropylene with high durability and eco-friendly characteristics.

Cross-wave modules made from polypropylene are the main components of the lake. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Cross-wave modules made from polypropylene are the main components of the lake. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The flood control lake is aimed at minimizing inundation on Vo Van Ngan Street and other nearby locations, the Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program said, adding that it would assist local underground water resources and prevent subsidence.

Tran Vinh Tuyen, vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that modern technology would be applied in the operation of the regulator to maximize its potential.

If positive results are achieved, similar projects will be implemented in other locations across the city, Tuyen continued.

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