A hydropower reservoir is becoming a popular tourist destination in Tuyen Quang Province thanks to the limestone in the middle of the reservoir. The place has been called Tuyen Quang's Ha Long Bay because of the limestone and beautiful water. The reservoir is over 3,500 hectares and spread across Na Hang and Lam Binh districts that have many well-known destinations such as Khuoi Slung Waterfall and Nam Me Waterfall. There's a myth that the limestone amid the reservoir are actually the poles for a hero of Tay ethnic minority group to keep his buffalo. A tour guide from the Tay ethnic group introduces the history and culture of his group to the tourists from the central region. The tourists are served traditional food on the boat. During the tour, tourists will get to see the waterfalls and the caves nearby where semi-fossilised remains and thousands of ancient tools dating back to the Hoa Binh (Hoabinhian) Culture, about 10,000 to 16,000 years ago can be found. … [Read more...] about Reservoir attracts tourists with raw beauty
According to Mr. Nguyen Van Tinh, General Director of the Directorate of Water Resources, rainfall shortage along with a scorching temperature of 37- 40 degrees Celsius and operation of hot and dry foehn wind caused water levels in reservoirs to reduce. Currently, capacity of water storage in reservoirs of the South-Central region is only between 27 percent and 56 percent of the design. Sharing scarce water resources between irrigation and hydropower is recurring which has not ensured water supply for agricultural productivity. As reported, storage level in the Song Tranh 2 hydropower dam is currently dropping to dead water level. Ka Nak lake and Ba Ha River replenishing water for Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces are also approximately dead water levels. Dai Ninh Lake and Ham Thuan pouring water to Binh Thuan province have a capacity of 0.5 percent and 8.6 percent of the design, lower than annual percentage rate of 12 percent -23 … [Read more...] about Storage volume of reservoirs drop to dead water level
Sa Pa needs 4,000-6,500 cubic meters of water a day, but the water plant can supply only 3,000 cubic meters. The reservoirs providing daily-use water to the entire Sa Pa town are becoming depleted. In such conditions, water plants have to alternate water supplies. Many hotels have refused guests. Some restaurants have had to buy water carried from other areas at the high price of VND500,000-550,000 per cubic meter. Hospitals also suffer from water shortage. Sa Pa district’s General Hospital’s director confirmed the one week-long water shortage. Asked about the reasons, Phung Chi Sy from the Vietnam Institute of Tropical Technology and Environmental Protection attributed it to the decline of underground water and the effects from hydropower plants. Developing hydraulic power was a good decision, but developing too many hydropower plants with high density have had an adverse effect on the environment and people’s socio-economic activities. “The depletion of … [Read more...] about What does Sa Pa need – water or hydropower?
Hòa Bình Hydropower Plant discharges water in July this year. — VNA/VNS PhotoViet Nam News HÒA BÌNH — With hydroelectricity supplying nearly 40 per cent of Việt Nam’s generated power, the country’s energy security depends on quality reservoir planning and management, according to experts. Participants at a workshop on sustainable energy development in the northern province of Hòa Bình on Thursday made it clear how much Việt Nam relies on hydroelectricity. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as of 2016, Việt Nam had nearly 7,000 reservoirs including irrigation reservoirs and hydropower reservoirs. About 1,200 reservoirs are dilapidated and need repairs, as most of them were built a long time ago. Among those 7,000 reservoirs, more than 230 are hydropower reservoirs which generate nearly 90 per cent of total capacity of all reservoirs in the country. “Nearly 7,000 reservoirs is … [Read more...] about Forecasts key to reservoir safety
The area near Song Tranh Hydropower Plant 2 reservoir in the central province of Quang Nam has continued being hit by earthquakes. According to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre, the latest earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter Scale happened on Thursday morning near the Song Tranh Hydropower Plant 2 reservoir in Bac Tra My District. The dam of Song Tranh Hydropower Plant 2 Earlier, on September 21, two earthquakes measuring 2.6 and 2.8 on the Richter Scale occurred in Bac Tra My and Nam Tra My District for two consecutive hours. Over the past few years, Quang Nam Province has experienced several earthquakes which seismologists believe were triggered by hydropower reservoirs. Between early 2017 and August this year, up to 75 earthquakes of 2.5-3.9 Richter Scale were recorded in Bac Tra My District. The centre director Nguyen Hong Phuong attributed the earthquakes to the rule of earthquake excitation by the water storage of the hydropower plant reservoir. … [Read more...] about Quang Nam hydropower plant continues facing earthquakes