Ho Chi Minh City is expected to establish a network of 104 reservoirs to mitigate flooding and improve the local water environment, according to a plan that is set to be completed by 2025.
These reservoirs are designed to retain a large amount of rainwater so the local sewer system can easily process it, the municipal Department of Construction told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday.
Aside from curbing inundation, they will also help improve the water environment and boost the urban aesthetics.
About 104 reservoirs are expected to be built from now until 2025, the construction department elaborated.
The first three facilities will be constructed in Thu Duc City, Tan Binh District, and District 4, covering areas of 23 hectares, 0.4 hectares, and 4.8 hectares, respectively.
The construction will be funded by the private sector, the city budget, and the central budget.
While waiting for the approval from the municipal People’s Committee, the city’s Technical Infrastructure Management Center is working with Senkisui Company to develop a detailed plan and pilot an anti-flood reservoir in Thu Duc City.
Regarding the city’s flood control efforts, the number of locations susceptible to inundation in the city reduced from 126 in 2008 to about 40 in 2015, according to the construction department.
By 2020, this number had dropped to 22, the agency stated, adding flooding was eradicated from three more locations in 2021.
To continue mitigating inundation during the 2021-25 period, the city will complete the first phase of a VND10 trillion (US$431 million) project aimed at dealing with tidal flooding.
Competent authorities will also focus on building necessary infrastructure and improving the environment in Tham Luong, Ben Cat, and Nuoc Len Canals, improving the drainage and wastewater systems, dredging and renovating several canals, and solving flooding on 15 major routes.