A water-supply system expected to provide safe water for all residents of HCM City by 2025 has been approved by the Prime Minister.
Under the plan, safe water will be supplied by 2015 to everyone in districts that were officially part of the urban area.
For the rest of the city, the plan targets providing safe water to 98 percent of residents.
Total daily demand for clean water in the city is predicted to amount to 2.75 million cu.m by 2015 and 3.57 million cu.m by 2025.
The city’s water-supply project calls for use of water from the Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers and Chinh Dong Canal.
However, specialists plan to conduct research on the possibility of using water from reservoirs, such as Tri An, Dau Tieng and Phuoc Hoa, if the river water is severely polluted.
In addition, underground water will be exploited on an industrial scale by 2025, with an expected capacity of 100,000cu.m every day.
By that time, the city said it will require all residents to stop using small water wells.
The total cost of the water-supply scheme is VND68 trillion (US$3.3 billion).