Breakthroughs in rural clean water supply

In recent years, clean water supply and environmental sanitation in rural areas have seen many remarkable changes.

Nguyen Hung Manh in Dong Lac hamlet, Hong Duc commune (Ninh Giang) has invested nearly VND100 million in building a toilet and a clean water system for the family

Nguyen Hung Manh in Dong Lac hamlet, Hong Duc commune (Ninh Giang) has invested nearly VND100 million in building a toilet and a clean water system for the family

In recent years, clean water supply and environmental sanitation in rural areas have seen many remarkable changes, contributing to improving people’s life and ensuring their health.

Plan exceeded

This year, people in Cam Vu commune (Cam Giang) have experienced the joy of having clean water.

Chairman of Cam Vu commune People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tien gleefully said, “The people in the past mainly used well water and thus were unsure whether the water quality was secure. They asked for a clean water source to use many times in the last few years. Recently, thanks to a project under the National Target Program on Rural Clean Water and Environmental Sanitation (RCWES), clean water pipelines have connected Viet Phu Clean Water Plant with every household. To date, all 2,233 households in the commune have accessed clean water.”

Cam Vu commune has a traditional wine brewing village in Phu Loc hamlet.

The trade village environment is being heavily polluted by waste discharged from wine brewing and breeding.

Therefore, the access to clean water is more meaningful.

Vu Ngoc Cu, a brewer in Phu Loc hamlet, said, “I previously used well water. Although filtered with a filtration tank, the iron content in the water was still high. Since using clean water from the plant, we have felt totally secure about the water quality. My family monthly consumes nearly 30m3 of water.”

Many RCWES targets have so far exceeded the 2013’s plan and increased relatively high in comparison with 2010.

By the end of this year, there will be close to 1.35 million hygienic water users in the province, accounting for 97.2% of the rural population, 4.2% higher than the year’s plan.

Of them, 831,000 people have got access to clean water, equivalent to 60% of the rural population, up 538,000 people over 2010.

There have also been many positive results in the rural environmental sanitation work.

To date, there have been hygienic water and toilets in 97.5% of sanitation works in schools and medical stations, 89.1% of rural households have had hygienic toilets, 73.4% of households have had hygienic breeding facilities.

Efforts from many sides

Implementing the National Target Program on RCWES in the 2011-2013 period, additional 21 concentrated water supply works, 54 pipeline network expansion works, 174 school and medical station sanitation works, and 86,611 family hygienic water supply works have been built throughout the province.

69 water supply stations are now operating in rural areas with a total capacity of 70,000m3/ day, providing water for 173 out of 229 communes.

The clean water supply and environmental sanitation in rural areas have changed positively thanks to investment of the State and active participation of enterprises and people.

Capital from the central and provincial budgets and local reciprocal capital invested in the National Target Program on RCWES in this year alone amounted to almost VND49 billion.

To meet the people’s need, enterprises have also actively constructed centralized water supply works and expanded pipelines for clean water supply.

Nguyen Van Doan, Chairman cum General Director of Hai Duong Clean Water Trading One Member Co., Ltd., said, “The company in 2013 have had around 22,000 more customers, mostly in rural communes. The company has so far provided water for all urban areas in the province and over 50 communes. In 2014, we will focus on supplying water for communes of the districts of Cam Giang, Binh Giang, Ninh Giang, and Thanh Mien and striving for additional 20,000 customers.”

NINH TUAN – THANH LONG

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