Lost water, no time to waste

With sections of its water infrastructure dating back to its colonial era, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City struggled with faulty pipes, losing nearly 30 percent of its drinkable water per year. Rapid growth puts megacity demand on infrastructure first built decades ago to meet the needs of a small fishing economy, making leakage one of the city’s most pressing problems.

Lost water, no time to waste

With sections of its water infrastructure dating back to its colonial era, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City struggled with faulty pipes, losing nearly 30 percent of its drinkable water per year. Rapid growth puts megacity demand on infrastructure first built decades ago to meet the needs of a small fishing economy, making leakage one of the city’s most pressing problems.

More than 150 million cubic meters of clean water went to waste in 2016.

"The water supply system in Ho Chi Minh City has been in place for 60-70 years. Over time the infrastructure has deteriorated. And water losses are high."

Tran Quang Minh, deputy general director, Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO)

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