As many as 81 percent of people living in rural areas of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have used clean water so far this year, a rise of nearly 18 percent from the same period in 2008.

The achievement was attributed to the building of seven new large-scale water supply facilities and 14 small-scale water supply works in the province’s four poor districts of Lak, Krong Bong, M’Drak, Buon Don and other far-flung and ethnic minority-inhabited areas in the year.

The new facilities, costing over 25.7 billion VND, increased the number of water supply works in the locality’s rural areas to 252,672, including 97 large-scale facilities.

Over the past years, Dak Lak has mobilised capital from various resources for the building of water supply facilities. Since 2009, it has rallied more than 339.1 billion VND for the programme.

The use of clean water has helped ethnic minority people inhabiting in rural areas reduce the risks of unhygienic water-caused diseases.-VNA