VietNamNet Bridge – A project to provide clean water and improve rural sanitation in six central provinces was launched yesterday, Nov 17.
Workers operate a clean water treatment system for residents in the flood-hit Le Thuy District in central Quang Binh Province. The Clean Water and Rural Environment Sanitation Centre has launched a clean water project in six central provinces. (Photo: VNS)
Le Thieu Son, director of the Clean Water and Rural Environment Sanitation Centre, said the project would supply clean water and improve sanitary conditions for 350,000 residents in 30 communes in six central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Binh Dinh.
These provinces, which are prone to natural disasters, have limited water resources and high levels of poverty.
Sixty-five per cent of the population in Thanh Hoa Province have access to clean water, while in Ha Tinh Province, it is 63.7 per cent.
The programme aims to raise people's awareness and understanding of clean water usage and sanitation, while increasing people's involvement in managing infrastructure projects, said Son.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc said the project will help farmers and provide a model for other localities to follow.
This is the largest clean water and rural sanitation project, which is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to be carried out in the country.
The US$50 million project will be implemented in six years. ADB's Official Development Capital will provide 90 per cent of funds for the project.
ADB representative Paul Van Klanveren, who is managing the project in Viet Nam, affirmed that the project would help improve farmers' lives and contribute to the country's sustainable, socio-economic development.
The centre's deputy director Nguyen Thanh Luan said that since the National Target Programme for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation was launched in 1999, the number of rural residents with access to clean water rose from 32 per cent to 83 per cent.
By the end of the year, officials hope that 70 per cent of rural households will have latrines, said Luan.
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