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Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Experts called for constructing multifunctional water reserve lakes to ensure water supplies to Ho Chi Minh City during a seminar held on April 8.

The event was part of the climate change-water supply project in the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, a joint effort between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

Rik Dierx, director of the project, said the water reserve lakes will help improve the quality of water before being treated in factories.

Currently over 95 percent of the water supplied to 8 million local residents and 2 million visitors in Ho Chi Minh City is taken from the Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers.

However, General Director of the Saigon Water Corporation Ho Quang Lam said the Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers are suffering from serious saltwater intrusion – especially during the dry season – and pollution caused by industrial sewage.

Casvander Host, Vice Ambassador of the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi, pledged to increase cooperation with the city to fight the effects of climate change.

According to the city’s comprehensive water supply strategy for 2025, water from Dau Tieng, Phuoc Hoa and Tri An lakes will be used instead of the Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers.-VNA