Drinking water taps installed in Hanoi’s centre hinh anh 1A drinking water tap in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – In an effort towards a civilized, modern and smart city, Hanoi has installed free drinking water taps in some streets, which has received the enthusiastic responses from tourists and local residents.

The taps were put in Dong Xuan and Hang Da markets, and Son Tay garden in Hoan Kiem district in January by Water Manufacturing JSC No. 3.

According to Nguyen Dinh Tien, Director of Water Manufacturing JSC No. 3, with cutting-edge equipment, the three taps meet standards of bottled water and requirements set by the Health Ministry.

The installation aims to serve the public, especially those in difficult circumstances who have no clean water for daily use, while contributing to promoting the image of Hanoi as a peaceful, civilised and modern city to foreign visitors, he said.

Luong Phu Thiep, a taxi driver at Dong Xuan market, said the drinking water taps are very useful and convenient for him as he spends a lot of time driving.

“The taps help me save about 30,000-40,000 VND (1.29-1.72 USD) a day on drinking water,” he said.

Nguyen Thanh Cuc, a porter at Dong Xuan market, said she used to bring water from home to drink.

“Since the taps were installed, I only need to bring an empty bottle to take water from the taps. It is very convenient and hygienic,” she said.

A tourist from the UK said free public water will help reduce the discharge of plastic bottles to the environment.

Tien said Water Manufacturing JSC No. 3 will install another drinking water tap in Nha Bat Giac (Octagon House) near Ly Thai To Statue in Hoan Kiem district, expressing his  hope that Hanoi will allow the company to set up some taps around Hoan Kiem (Sword Lake) to serve holidaymakers to the capital city.-VNA