Yet another water pipe rupture leaves Hanoi families high and dry

By Le Quan, Thanh Nien News

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People in Hanoi now have to store water in every container and bucket they can find. Photo credit: Zing People in Hanoi now have to store water in every container and bucket they can find. Photo credit: Zing


Many families in downtown Hanoi have been struggling for days to find enough water as the city’s supply dropped sharply after the main pipeline broke again last week.
Hanoi Water Limited Company now can provide water to only one of its 12 central districts every day. That means a lot of households will have to take turns to face supply cuts. 
Its supply capacity has fallen 70 percent to around 13,000 cubic meters after the Song Da Water Pipeline ruptured Thursday last week, the 13th time since 2012. The problem has not been completely fixed.
“People should notice the supply schedule for their area so they can store water for the other days,” the company said in a statement.
The company also sent water trucks once in a while to areas where it could not pump water to and people have to bring as many buckets as they can to fetch the water home.
Many locals said they could only store enough water for cooking and had to come to their relatives in a different district to use the bathroom or take a shower.
A worker has to take one afternoon off to collect a bucket of water. Photo credit: Zing
Hanoi authorities plan to meet with the state-owned Vinaconex, the pipeline builder, this week to urge them to build another pipe. 
Investigators from the Ministry of Public Security last May arrested two directors at the construction firm for the constant ruptures.
The $70-million pipe system, which runs 45.8 kilometers, started serving Hanoi households in 2009. Around 70,000 families in the capital city suffered water service disruptions for up to three days in each rupture.
Vinaconex first blamed the ruptures on “the weak ground” that led to the collapses.
But investigation suggested that the pipes are of poor quality and not able to sustain the water flow pressure.

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