Hanoi residents are likely to see water supply shortages this summer.
A report from Hanoi’s construction department said the city’s water demand will surge to more than one million cubic meters a day in the summer, exceeding the maximum capacity of water plants of 960,000 cubic meters.
People living on several streets in the districts of Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, Hoan Kiem and Dong Da will suffer “serious” shortages, it said.
The situation will be much worse if ruptures on the Song Da pipeline, which provides 27 percent of tap water in the city, happen again, it said. The system carries water to tens of thousands of families in the southwest.
The fiberglass pipe has broken 17 times since 2012, three years after it was installed. It was supposed to last at least 50 years.
Work on an alternative system is under way.