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Ho Chi Minh City to tear down 7 water towers over collapse fear
By Thanh Nien News -
The water tower on Hoang Dieu and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets is among seven towers to be knocked down. Photo: Son Hoa/VnExpress
Water supply firm Sawaco will knock down seven of eight Vietnam War-era water towers in Ho Chi Minh City that are deteriorating, local media reported Monday.
The remaining one, which is located on February 3rd street, will be preserved as a heritage site.
The seven mushroom-shaped towers, which are located on Hoang Dieu, Le Dai Hanh, Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Van Dau, Ho Van Hue, Pham Phu Thu, and Nguyen Thai Son streets, were built by the Americans between 1965 and 1969.
But after work finished, they could not be used because of leaks and have been abandoned for more than 45 years, news website VnExpress said.
As they have deteriorated, many nearby residents are worried that they could collapse any time.
After demolishing the seven towers, Sawaco, fully known as Saigon Water Corporation, plans to build underground water reservoirs, Tuoi Tre newspaper said.
Ho Chi Minh City is currently home to more than 100 water towers built by the French and the Americans before the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Many of them have gone out of use for decades.