Unsafe water is used in a school. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Experts from Finland and Vietnam gathered at a workshop on November 24 in Hanoi to discussed ways to reduce clean water loss by applying information and communication technology (ICT).

Olli Keski – Saari, a Finnish expert said ICT has long been the standard in Finland-based water supply companies, contributing to reducing water loss and enhancing management effectiveness.

Director of the Construction Ministry’s Department of Technical Infrastructure Nguyen Hong Tien highlighted the high loss rate in Vietnam’s water supply network, which amounted to 25 percent this year, a slight drop from 30 percent in 2010.

The national programme on clean water and revenue loss prevention up to 2025 aims to bring the rate to below 15 percent by 2025.

There are many reasons behind the high water loss rate, especially old water pipes, the official said, agreeing that ICT application is a smart solution to improve the effectiveness in clean water supply.

By 2015, some 81.5 percent of the urban population have accessed to clean water through central water supply systems, up five percent from 2011.-VNA