|Illustrative Image. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Phuong
HAU GIANG (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang plans to allocate more than VND35 billion (US$1.56 million) to bring clean water to local rural residents in 2016.
Under the plan, over 4,000 additional rural households will have access to clean water, raising the rate of rural households supplied with clean water to 88 per cent.
The rural clean water programme will be implemented together with other socio-economic development and new-style rural area building programmes, focused on the remote and far-flung areas with crowded population.
The province aims to mobilise different resources for the rural clean water programme while offering incentives to investors from other provinces in the sector.
The programme is expected to improve the living and health conditions of rural residents while contributing to environmental protection.
In 2015, the province spent nearly VND26 billion ($1.16 million) to build water facilities, serving roughly 5,000 households in remote and disadvantaged areas, especially those with salt intrusion.
The amount also covered the construction of concentrated clean water supply stations in the communes of Nhon Nghia A and Thuan Hung in Long My district.
Six irrigation works were also built in Long My and Vi Thanh districts, and Long My and Nga Bay towns, which suffered from salt intrusion.
Over the past 12 years, more than VND520 billion ($23.21 million) has been invested in developing the local water supply system, of which more than 350 billion ($15.62 million) is sourced from the State budget.
Currently, the locality has 250 water supply stations, serving 33,000 households, or 86 per cent of the local population. Half of them are using clean water that meets the health ministry's standard. — VNS