Vietnam capital orders emergency pipeline construction to tackle water woes

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Hanoi authorities have decided to “urgently” build a new water pipeline that serves more than 70,000 families after the existing pipe broke early the same day -- the ninth time in two years.
 “This is the ninth time the pipe broke down and nobody can assert that it won’t break again,” said Nguyen Quoc Hung, deputy chairman of the capital's municipal People’s Committee, the city government.
“We can’t let tens of thousands of families continue to suffer from water shortages due to pipe breakdowns. We can’t let residents depend on such a troubled pipe,” Hung said at a meeting on Saturday afternoon.

Poor-quality construction materials have been blamed for the continuous breakdowns in the pipeline, according to inspectors from the construction ministry. Photo: Nguyen Tuan
The VND1.5-trillion (US$70.3 million) pipeline began bringing clean water from the Da River Water Factory in the neighboring province of Hoa Binh to families in six Hanoi districts in 2008.
The pipeline, 47 kilometers long, broke for the first time in February 2012. Breakdowns occurred more often this year, with three ruptures reported in April, one in June, and two this month (July 10 and 12).
Nguyen Van Ton, general director of the Vinaconex Corporation, which manages the pipeline, said the problem was fixed on Sunday.
Poor-quality construction materials have been blamed for the continuous breakdowns, according to inspectors from the construction ministry.
Hung ordered the city’s construction department to urgently build a new pipeline that stretches 28 kilometers from Hoa Lac Road to Beltway No. 3.
He made this decision after the existing pipe experienced repeated ruptures within this section.
"Counting from today (July 12), it shouldn't take more than 70 days to complete a new, high-quality pipe," said Hung.
The new pipe, which will parallel to the existing one, is expected to supply 100,000 cubic meters per day when it comes into operation. This will help the existing pipe reduce its capacity to 200,000 cubic meters per day.

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