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Hanoi (VNA) - About three million people in Phu Dong and Trung Mau villages in Hanoi’s Gia Lam district will have access to the first drinkable tap water in Vietnam when a factory comes into operation on October 10.

The factory will take water from the bottom of the Duong River that runs next to the villages.

In the first phase of the factory’s operation, clean water will be supplied to about three million people with the capacity of 150,000cu.m per day and then increase to 300,000cu.m per day. In the second phase, the capacity will hit 400,000cu.m per day. Do Van Dinh, project manager, said that this factory can replace other water supply units if necessary.

The clean water supply situation in Hanoi has improved a lot. Almost 3.26 million people living in 12 inner districts have access to clean water from the city’s water factories, said Le Van Duc, Director of the Department of Construction.

He also said in rural areas, the rate of people who have access to clean water increased from 37 percent to almost 52 percent in less than two years, from 2016 to May 2018. This number will continue to rise as by the end of 2018, the city will finish building water supply to 61,000 households with 244,000 people, raising the rate to 55 percent.

About ten years ago, people in Hanoi still feared prolonged water cuts during summer, especially those at the end of water channels or on higher terrains. To those living on the outskirts such as Gia Lam, Soc Son, Dong Anh districts, the term ‘tap water’ seemed out of reach.

Hanoi is determined to give all people in rural areas access to clean water. The city plans to finish four water supply projects in 2018 that will increase water capacity by 335,000cu.m per day. Seven other projects are expected to finish from 2019 to 2020, increasing the capacity by 1 million cu.m per day.

Currently, total water supply of all factories in Hanoi reaches 900,000cu.m per day, while in peak periods during summer last year, people’s consumption exceeds one million cu.m per day.-VNA