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Vientiane residents asked to store water during repairs

Vientiane State Water Supply Enterprise has informed consumers in Xaythany, Chanthabouly and Xaysettha districts to store adequate water to cope with possible shortages while repairs are carried out today (April 21). 
The repairs will begin in Danxang village of Xaythany district at 9am and continue till 2pm. A total of 33 villages in the three districts will be affected.
The affected villages in Xaythany district include Dontiew, Xaysavang, Xay, Nahaer, Saphangmeuk, Dongdok, Nathom, Khamhoung, Tanmixay, Nongphaya, Houayhong, Xangkhou, Phakhao, Sivilay, Sainamngeun and Chommany. The affected villages in Chanthabouly district are Nongthaneua and Nongtha Tai. Villages in Xaysettha district that will be affected include Xokyai, Xoknoy, Xamkhe, Amon, Phonsavanh, Nongnieng, Nonsanga, Vangxai, Saengsavang, Xokkham, Khamngoy, Hongsouphab, Phonphanao, Phonkheng and Chommany, according to the official statement.
Managing Director of the enterprise, Mr Khampheuy Vongsakhamphoui said “We will fix a leaking water pipe, which is the main pipe carrying unprocessed water from Nam Ngum River to the water treatment plant in Dongmakkhai village in Xaythany district.”
“Once repairs are underway some areas will have little water in their taps or it may not flow at all because of low water pressure. The repair team will turn off the temporary supply system while it is on duty.”
Mr Khampheuy said the broken pipe was detected before the Lao New Year celebrations which began last weekend.
People in Khamhoung village complained this week that they were not getting enough piped water. They usually collect water at night because there was no supply during the day. This situation had continued for many months, they said.
The Dongmakkhai treatment plant is one of the main water suppliers to Vientiane. It now has a production capacity of 100,000 cubic metres a day after the government invested 712.8 billion kip to increase production from 20,000 cubic metres a day.
According to the enterprise’s statistics for 2017, the organisation had four treatment plants which, at full capacity, produced a total of 180,000 cubic metres of clean water a day. But demand has spiralled to 320,000 cubic metres a day.
Today, many villages in Vientiane still rely on groundwater from artesian wells and bore wells because the piped water network has not reached everyone. 
To achieve the target of supplying piped water to 95 percent of all households in Vientiane by 2020, the enterprise has to increase its production capacity and pipe network,
Currently, 86 percent of households in the city have access to piped water, according to the managing director of the enterprise.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 21, 2018

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