Hydropower projects in Vietnam's central Quang Nam province are being asked to discharge water to help decrease the effects of severe drought.
Facing what Vietnamese sources are calling record water shortages, utility Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) was asked by several regional authorities to release water from its 220-MW Dak Mi 4 and 210-MW A Vuong hydropower plants, increasing the water supply available to Quang Nam Province and Danang City.
Officials said water released from the pair of projects would be directed to the Ai Nghia River, which would also help improve conditions for farmers.
"We can't waste a single drop of water now," said Nguyen Van Tinh, Deputy Director of Danang City's Water Resources Department.
HydroWorld.com reported in March that EVN's production has already been strained by increasing consumer demands.
Drought conditions also forced a similar request in May 2012.