The water tower, located on Hang Dau street in Hoan Kiem district, was built in 1894. It is decorated with LED lights funded by Dutch company Philips.
The illumination project aims to attract city dwellers to the relic and remind them of the importance of water as well as water protection.
At the lighting ceremony on April 16, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster said the Hang Dau water tower is chosen for the project as her country wants to show its respect for the beautiful and long-standing structure of Hanoi.
Vietnam, especially the Mekong Delta, is facing a fierce drought, she noted, adding that all people must join hands in resolving water and climate change issues and seeking green solutions to attain sustainable development and prosperity.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan thanked the Dutch Embassy and Philips company. He said the capital city has had sound cooperation with Dutch localities, particularly Amsterdam city, in such fields as urban planning, heritage preservation, tertiary education, water management and climate change adaptation.
He added that Hanoi hopes to receive more assistance from and have long-term cooperation with the Netherlands.
The Hang Dau water tower illumination project is part of the campaign “Tomorrow is Green” launched by the Dutch Embassy and Consulate General in Vietnam in 2015.
Themed “Vietnam – the Netherlands: Partnership on water”, the campaign also demonstrates the two countries’ strong and effective partnership in climate change adaptation and water management.