|HCM City has begun to supply water to the neighbouring province of Long An’s Cần Giuộc District. Photo hcmcpv.org.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — About 8,300 households households with more than 31,000 individuals in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An’s Cần Giuộc District have begun to get tap water from HCM City under its programme to provide water to neighbouring provinces.
The Nhà Bè Water Supply Joint Stock Company, a subsidiary of the Sài Gòn Water Corporation, is supplying tap water to the communes of Long Hậu, Phước Lại, Phước Vĩnh Tây and Phước Vĩnh Đông where groundwater has been polluted by industrial waste, farming activities and untreated household waste.
The households here used to get water from private treatment plants.
The new project, which cost VNĐ11 billion (US$484,500), supplies tap water from HCM City to centralised water supply stations in Long An, which in turn supply the households.
Last week, a clean water plant for poor residents was inaugurated in Cái Đôi Vàm Town, Phú Tân District, in the southern-most province of Cà Mau.
The plant has a total investment of more than VNĐ550 million (US$24,400). Some VNĐ500 million ($22,200) comes from the HCM City Fund for the Nation’s Island and the remainder comes from sponsors solicited by the Cà Mau Fatherland Front Committee.
The plant will supply clean water to more than 100 households.
Local residents must hand in a small fee to maintain the plant, which is about half the market price for clean water.—VNS