Viet Nam: Energy Efficiency in HCMC Water Sector

News Brief | 17 October 2013

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the following assistance:


Water supply in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam's largest city and one of its most vulnerable to climate change, is limited by a shortfall in transmission capacity. Amy Leung, ADB Director Southeast Asia Urban and Water Division said that: "Although actual coverage is estimated at 82%, many residents in the southern part of the city suffer from intermittent water supply because of low water pressure. This assistance will improve energy efficiency at the Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO), generating energy savings of 10,000 megawatt-hours, or $500,000 per year, and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 7,500 tons annually". The grant supports an ongoing $138 million ADB loan to improve the water sector in Ho Chi Minh City, as part of the 2011 - 2020 Viet Nam Water Investment Program (MFF0054-VIE).


$2 million grant from the Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, to be administered by ADB