Three Mekong Delta provinces to benefit from $86-mln water supply project

The government has green-lighted a VND2-trillion ($86.35 million) project to supply water to three provinces in the Mekong Delta.

Long An, Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces will get 300,000 cubic meters of water daily when the project is completed this year, and double that from 2025 onwards.

Water will be drawn from the Tien River, a distributary of the Mekong River, to a pumping station in Cai Be District in Tien Giang, and distributed to the other two provinces through pipelines.

During the dry season last year five delta provinces, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau declared an emergency due to lack of water.

The delta, home to 12 provinces and Can Tho City, was hit by the worst water shortage ever during this period with historic levels of salinity in its rivers as water flowed inland from the sea.

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Nam An, Hoang Nam