A 32 million EUR urban water supply programme for the Mekong Delta region, financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), kicked off in Vinh Long province on Nov. 26.

Under the programme, a loan scheme of 30 million EUR will provide consultation services for technical support to the provincial water supply companies in An Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Tra Vinh, and Vinh Long provinces and Can Tho city.

The remaining two million EUR in the form of non-refundable aid will help increase the capacity of the Vietnam Development Bank (VDB).

As planned, from 7-15 projects of water supply companies in the six targeted provinces will receive the programme’s loans.

In Vinh Long province, for example, three projects worth a total 142 billion VND, including 95 billion VND from loans, will be implemented to build two new water supply plants and increase the capacity of the Truong An plant.

Once completed in 2011, the projects are expected to supply pure water to residents in new urban and industrial, trade and services areas in targeted provinces, helping increase the average ratio of the urban population having access to clean water from 75 percent to 85 percent./.