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Ho Chi Minh City builds giant new water supply pipeline

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 19:44 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City builds giant new water supply pipeline
A section of the new water supply pipeline, 1,500mm in diameter, is installed in Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The construction of a large-size water supply pipeline is underway in Ho Chi Minh City to increase the amount of water supply to the western part of the southern metropolis, with a prospect of expansion to the Mekong Delta region in the future.

The project is being implemented by state-owned Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco), a water supplier in Ho Chi Minh City, as per a resolution of the municipal People’s Council.

Accordingly, more than 11 kilometers of pipelines with a diameter of between 900 and 1,500mm and other facilities are being installed from Binh Tan to Binh Chanh Districts.

The end of the new water supply line will be connected with the existing pipeline, 1,000mm in diameter, on Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard.

The project is projected to cost more than VND900 billion (US$38.8 million) from the city’s budget, with its construction expected to be complete after two years.

The western part of Ho Chi Minh City had its water supplied through a pipeline with a diameter of 300mm by Cho Lon Water Supply JSC before.

However, due to the long distance, locals often suffer from low water pressure.

In the future, the new pipeline will also supply water with stronger pressure to the neighboring areas of Ho Chi Minh City’s western part, creating a foundation for the synchronous development of a water supply network in the localities bordering the city, such as Long An Province.

There is a prospect that the project will assist Vietnam’s Mekong Delta localities in partially resolving saltwater intrusion issues which have dogged the region over the past few years.

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