A rupture in the water mains on the Thang Long Highway running from Da River to Hanoi on March 23 led to water shortages for more than 70,000 households in the city’s six districts.

Repair work is expected to finish on March 25 to resume water supplies for the districts of Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Cau Giay, Tu Liem, Thanh Tri and Dong Da.

Nguyen Anh Viet, director of the Vietnam Water Company (Viwaco), said the subsidence of the highway coupled with high water pressure had possibly resulted in the problem.

The company had sent 30 workers to fix the line and diverted water from the spare station to partially meet demands of affected households, he said.

This is the second time the pipeline has broken since it opened in 2007.

The previous incident in February 2012 left 40,000 households without water.-VNA