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Hai Phong (VNA) - The northern port city of Hai Phong is urgently working on clean water reservoirs in Cat Hai island district to combat waster shortage.

This year, Cat Ba tourism town in the district was short of water in 34 days and had to buy clean water from other areas.

One reason for the shortage was that after the Dinh Vu-Cat Hai bridge was completed, tourists going to Cat Ba tourism town increased sharply. In May this year, the town received 385,000 tourists, an increased by more than 60 percent compared with the same period last year. Another factor was the lack of rainfall during the summer.

Chairman of the Hai Phong People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tung asked the Cat Hai district People’s Committee to speed up its work of completing Phu Long reservoir in Phu Long commune.

The municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was requested to complete reservoirs in Xuan Dam and Tran Chau communes. The reservoirs are expected to open for public use by the beginning of next year.

Other reservoirs which are already in Cat Ba will be widened to store water for the dry season.

The Hai Phong Water Joint Stock Company will set up a project of upgrading water supply system for the island. One option being considered was taking clean water from Cat Hai district via Lach Huyen port.

Hoang Trung Cuong, Vice Chairman of the Cat Hai district People’s Committee, said from June 7 to July 10 this year, the Hai Phong Water Joint Stock Company transported about 900cu.m of water to Cat Ba town per day.

This year, Cat Hai district conducted different temporary measures including digging more wells or fixing others, installing a system to treat sea water, and giving education to local residents on saving clean water, especially during dry season.

Cat Ba island is one of the world network of biosphere reserves, and the biggest tourism site in Hai Phong port city. More than 2.5 million tourists visited this year, of whom 608,000 are foreigners. It is forecast that the number of tourists will continue to rise in the coming years.-VNA