The Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco) is seeking the city government’s permission to remove seven of eight Vietnam War-era water towers because of their deteriorating condition.
A water tower on Nguyen Van Dau Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District. Photo credit: Kien Thuc
After removing the mushroom-shaped towers, Sawaco plans to build underground reservoirs and pumping stations at the locations.
One of the eight would be preserved as a heritage site after being restored to ensure safety, Sawaco said.
The eight concrete towers with capacities of 1,200 to 8,500 cubic meters were built between 1965 and 1969.
They are located on Hoang Dieu, Le Dai Hanh, Tran Hung Dao, February 3rd, Nguyen Van Dau, Ho Van Hue, Pham Phu Thu, and Nguyen Thai Son Streets.
They have been used for a long time, and some are stained and rusty and others are dilapidated, posing risks to nearby residents.