A water treatment system of the Hanoi Water Co. Ltd (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The capital city of Hanoi is working to realise its set target to make tap water safe for drinking by 2020.

As the city considers supplying clean water to local people as a way to improve living standards, it has plans to upgrade and build more water plants, pipelines and treatment system.

A water plant using water from Duong River with a capacity of 300,000 cubic metres per day and night is expected to be completed and put into operation this year. Meanwhile, the existing plant using water supply from Da River will have its capacity raised from 300,000 cubic metres to 600,000 cubic metres per day and night.

In addition, a new pipeline system and a plant using water from the Hong River will be built and slated to be completed by 2020.

The city is working to expand the water supplying system to 70,391 households in 34 communes, and calling for investment to provide clean water for rural communities in Me Linh, Ba Vi, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong, Thach That and Chuong My districts which are yet to have access to clean water.

The municipal People’s Committee has required that all new water plants and pipelines must use advanced technology so that by 2020, local tap water will be drinkable.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that the city has increased media works to raise public awareness of the importance of clean water and water saving.

The city has ordered relevant departments and branches to handle difficulties in site clearance for water supply projects and inspect the projects’ progress, he added.-VNA