As many as 85 percent of urban population in six Mekong Delta localities have access to clean water thanks to a programme funded by the French Development Agency, according to the Steering Committee for the Southwest.

The provinces of An Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long and Can Tho city have all seen successful second phase completion at a cost of 32 million Euros. The credit has been distributed to 7-15 water supply projects in these localities.

A previous 3 million Euro investment also benefited the Mekong Delta provinces to prevent environmental pollution. The programme helped the provinces train personnel and provided them with equipment for environmental management and other related works.

To date, the water supply system in the Mekong Delta region has not met the demand for daily life or industry and trade activities.

Every year, people in urban areas release as much as 102 cu. m of untreated waste water, 600,000 tonnes of solid waste and 47 million liters of liquid waste, worsening the water pollution in the localities./.VNA