City water supplier to need US$2.5 billion by 2025

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City water supplier to need US$2.5 billion by 2025

HCMC - Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco) will require some US$2.5 billion by 2025 to build new water treatment plants and upgrade water pipelines in HCMC to ensure the city’s entire population will have access to running water.

City water supplier to need US$2.5 billion by 2025

By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily

A view of the Dau Tieng reservoir from which Sawaco is weighing taking crude water for treatment - Photo: Van Nam
HCMC - Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco) will require some US$2.5 billion by 2025 to build new water treatment plants and upgrade water pipelines in HCMC to ensure the city’s entire population will have access to running water.

Sawaco can now meet water demand of 86% of the city’s population with daily output of 1.6 million cubic meters, Tran Dinh Phu, general director of Sawaco, told Belgian companies at a business meeting in the city last weekend.

Phu said worsening pollution in rivers, huge capital requirements for water supply systems, and poor control of water losses are the biggest challenges faced by Sawaco.

Sawaco is planning to increase the water supply capacity to 3.4 million cubic meters a day, revamp 1,500 km of pipeline, build an advanced management mechanism and cut the water loss ratio from the current 35% to 25% by 2025.

However, all these works will need a staggering US$2.5 billion, most of it to be sourced from official development assistance (ODA) loans.

Sawaco is working on five joint venture projects to build new water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 1.6 million cubic meters a day, namely Thu Duc 3, Tan Hiep 2, Thu Duc 4, Thu Duc 5 and Tan Hiep 3.

The water supplier is mulling using crude water in Dau Tieng and Tri An reservoirs as a backup source due to rising pollution in the rivers that have long been supplying water for the city, according to Sawaco.

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