Some families in Ben Tre buy fresh water to mix with saltwater for animal feeding. (Photo: VNA)

Ben Tre (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee presented a water filter system to Ba Tri district’s An Duc commune in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on April 24, amidst a regional water shortage caused by drought and saline intrusion. 

The system is capable of turning 300 litres of salty water into drinkable fresh water per hour. It can serve the demand of 300 people on a daily basis. 

The same day, residents began coming to the head office of the An Duc People’s Committee to collect clean water. 

The committee will also guide local youth to participate in installing water pipes, digging wells, and transporting water to disadvantaged households, among other activities. 

According to Tran Ngoc Tam, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, saltwater has thus far covered the whole province, damaging production and leaving thousands of locals without clean water. 

Six more filter systems will be granted to localities in other Mekong Delta provinces, such as Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Ca Mau.-VNA