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Quang Binh fails to upgrade obsolete waterworks

Update: September, 03/2015 - 09:06
A water supply construction was downgraded in the central province of Quang Binh. Hundreds of households in the province do not have access to clean water due to shortage of funds and poor management by the local authorities. — Photo

QUANG BINH (VNS) — Hundreds of households in the central province of Quang Binh do not have access to clean water due to shortage of funds and poor management by the local authorities.

The residents of Cao Quang commune in Tuyen Hoa district are experiencing shortage of safe water supply because of damaged water supply works.

Two water supply works were built in 2007-08 to meet the demand of residents here but they have not been operated for many years, according to a report in the Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper.

Phan Van Binh, a local resident, told the newspaper that the water works stopped being operational after just a year in use and many people have to go to the forest to fetch stream water for daily use.

The head of the clean water supply work management board, Phan Van Tien, said a lack of funding has left many water supply works in disuse in the region.

But the stream water is nearly running out, water pipes have been damaged by flooding and water in reservoirs is polluted due to the stoppage in operations for many years, he said.

The lack of clean water has also been reported from many other areas such as Hoa Thuy, Quang Ninh, and Bo Trach districts.

Nguyen Van Doan, the chairman of the People's Committee of Bo Trach district's My Trach commune, said a clean water supply system was built and put into used in 2001, but it supplied water to just about 300 households and the other 500 households have to use water from other sources.

But in February, this system stopped working after many years in operation, he said.

Deputy head of My Trach Kindergarten, Dinh Thi My Hoa said that the school has to buy bottled water that it cannot afford since the demand of children increases during the extremely hot weather.

Meanwhile, water supply system in Ha Trach commune can supply water to just a third of the households in the region.

The head of agriculture and rural development office of Bo Trach district said most of water supply systems in the region have been damaged following years of use or because they were operated badly.

The office has proposed to the provincial People's Committee and relevant agencies to provide funds to repair and upgrade water supply works to meet the demand of local residents.

As per the report, at least 103 clean water supply works have been built in the province, 26 of which are lying idle, 14 others are close to stopping operations, and the rest being run ineffectively.

Nguyen Van Khoa, the director of the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development Department, said there was a need to make local authorities more responsible and involve the people in managing and operating clean water supply works effectively.

The department will also seek organising technical training courses to enhance their management skills. — VNS

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