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Hanoi (VNA) – About 52 percent of residents in rural areas of Hanoi, or more than 2.23 million people, had get access to clean water by May 2018, according to the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

As scheduled, until the end of this year, projects to expand water supply networks will be completed, benefiting additional 61,000 households, and raising the ratio of rural people enjoying clean water to over 55 percent.

Hanoi has approved the proposals of 23 investors to carry out 34 projects covering 267 communes with 614,347 households and over 2.48 million people. Currently, contractors are installing pipes to supply water to local people.

A representative of Ha Dong Clean Water One-member Co. Ltd. said the firm is speeding up the construction of a pipe system to households for water supply projects in Ha Dong, Hoai Duc, Ung Hoa districts and Van Dinh town.

The percentage of people accessing clean water in many localities remains low, including in Ung Hoa district with only 29.5 percent and My Duc. 31.5 percent.

The reason behind the situation is limitation in coordination between investors and local administrations in some private-funded projects.

According to the department, in order to raise the ratio, the city will carry out an additional nine water supply projects for 78 communes with an aim to provide clean water to 673,180 people.

Hanoi also expects to increase the ratio of people enjoying clean water to about 55 percent at the end of the year. The city will also consider the approval of proposals on investment projects covering Me Linh, Ba Vi, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong, Thach That and Chuong My districts. Hanoi also hopes that all communes will attract investors who are interested in water supply projects.-VNA