|People in An Binh Islet of Ly Son Island use fresh water from a desalination plant. Ly Son Island District plans to build a desalination plant to provide fresh water to 16,000 inhabitants. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Ly Son Island, 30km off Quang Ngai Province, will build a desalination plant with non-refundable funds from the Korean International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) later this year.
The desalination plant will provide fresh water to 16,000 islanders.
Vice-Chairwoman of the island's People's Committee Pham Thi Huong told Viet Nam News the plant would be built with an investment of VND264 billion (US$12.5 million), and would supply 2,000cu.m of fresh water each day.
"The plant will ease the serious shortage of fresh water in the dry season (between April and May) on the island, when the 20,000cu.m Thoi Loi reservoir has limited water supply for farming and daily use, and the wells used for farming become saline," she said.
"The district used 83 per cent of its total groundwater reserves in the worst drought in the island's history last year," she said.
The district has 414 traditional wells and 132 drilled wells to provide water to homes and for more than 100ha of onions and vegetable farms.
Ly Son Island has 21,000 inhabitants. They make their living from cultivating garlic and onions, and fishing. The island grows 3,500 tonnes of onions and 2,000 tonnes of garlic each year.
The majority of the population lives in An Hai and An Vinh communes, while 500 people live in An Binh Islet, 5km from the island.
Three years ago, South Korean heavy industry group Doosan Vina gave $1 million for a desalination plant that would provide 200cu.m of fresh water each day to the inhabitants of An Binh Islet.
Ly Son Island got electricity last year. — VNS