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HCMC is facing challenges in providing clean water to its residents

Experts are warning that Ho Chi Minh City is facing increasing pressure on its clean water supply due to climate change, a growing population, and excessive exploitation of groundwater. 

Bui Thanh Giang, Deputy General Director of the Saigon Water Corporation, highlights that up to 16% of households in the city used groundwater from wells in 2020, while 94% of the city's water comes from the Saigon and Dong Nai Rivers, which are polluted by factories and industrial parks. The city also lacks reserve reservoirs to store clean water during shortages. 

The Saigon Water Corporation aims to increase the average supply of water per capita per day to 165 liters and reduce tap water leakage to 15% by 2025. Climate change could exacerbate the city's water issues, with rising sea levels, saltwater intrusion, and droughts threatening to affect water resources. 

The city's population is predicted to reach 10 million by 2030 and 15 million by 2050, with an increasing demand for freshwater due to tourism and new urban areas. Experts suggest building resilience, monitoring water supply works, and investing in a clean water supply system to address these challenges.

 

Source: VNExpress