The first phase of the project, with capital borrowed from the World Bank, aims to improving water and household level sanitation services and their effective use in the four selected provinces of Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hai Duong and Thai Binh.
The project costs nearly USD122 million. So far, the project has had USD107 million disbursed, fulfilling 88 percent.
According to MARD, the progress of the project is fulfilling the plan, with 225 out of 247 project components completed. The remaining 22 components will be finished in June. 76 out of 87 water supply systems have been put into use and the rest are nearly finished. Nearly 160,000 households in 163 communes in the four provinces have access to clean water, contributing to raising the rate of clean water access to 60 percent.
In addition, 656 public toilets were built, including 464 at schools and 87 at medical stations. Specifically, over USD10.2 million has been provided to local households to build 46,000 sanitary toilets./.