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Sawaco to Build 6 Underground Reservoirs in Saigon

In an effort to protect the southern hub from drought, Saigon Water Company (Sawaco) is working with municipal authorities to create six underground water reservoirs.

The freshwater reservoirs would mainly be located beneath public parks at the recommendation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, reports VietnamNet.

For the city center, a pumping station would be placed at the Saigon Botanical Gardens, while districts like Go Vap, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh would collect water from reservoirs set up beneath the Gia Dinh and Go Vap Culture Parks. South of the city, reservoirs beneath Nguyen Van Linh would serve Nha Be and Can Gio Districts.

As Sawaco struggles to maintain its daily output amid an increasingly severe drought and high salinization levels in the Dong Nai River, these reservoirs would increase the amount of stored water Sawaco has on hand to compensate for days of low output.

The water company also plans to maintain an additional 47 underground wells to keep up with the city's water demand.

[Photo via Flickr user chateauversailles]


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