The Hanoitimes - Hanoi considers supplying clean water to local people as a way to improve living standards. Thus, the city is working to realize its target of making tap water drinkable by 2020.
Accordingly, Hanoi has plans to upgrade and build more water plants, pipelines and treatment system. A water plant using water from the Duong river with a capacity of 300,000 cubic meters per day and night is expected to be put into operation in 2018.
Meanwhile, the existing plant using water supply from the Da (Black) river will have its capacity raised from 300,000 cubic meters to 600,000 cubic meters per day and night. It is also expected to be completed in 2018.
The Hanoi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung checks the construction progress of clean water pipeline in Phu Xuyen district. Photo: VNA
Moreover, a new pipeline system and a plant using water from the Hong (Red) river with a capacity of 300,000 cubic meters per day and night will be built and slated to be completed by 2020.
Besides, the city is working to expand the water supply system to 70,391 households in 34 communes. Hanoi is also calling for investment to provide clean water for rural communities in Me Linh, Ba Vi, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong, Thach That and Chuong My districts where people are yet to have access to tap water in 2018.
The municipal People’s Committee has required that all new water plants and pipelines must use advanced technology so that local tap water will be drinkable by 2020.
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that the city has increased propaganda work to raise public awareness of the importance of clean water and water saving.
The city has ordered relevant departments and branches to handle difficulties in site clearance for water supply projects and inspect the projects’ progress, Chung added.
According to Hanoi's plan, by 2020, 100% of urban population in the center will use clean water according to the Ministry of Health's standards, with daily water consumption of 150-160 liters per capita.
The similar rate for satellite towns is aimed at 90-100%, with daily water consumption of 120-140 liters per capita. The percentage of rural population using clean water is 90-100% with daily water consumption of 100-110 liters per capital.