City authorities aim to provide access to hygienic water for all HCM City households by the end of the year, according to a resolution passed by the city People's Council on June 20.

Around 360,000 of 1.9 million households of the city do not have access to fresh water. They are located mostly in the outskirts and must use rain water, drilled-well water, or water pumped from canals, the city's Transport Department has said.

To reach the goal, the city needs total capital of 5 trillion VND (240 million USD).

The city has sought funds from the private sector to provide fresh water to rural areas.

The Saigon Water Infrastructure Joint Stock Company, for example, will manage water supply and distribution in Cu Chi district. Several other investors plan to provide 300,000 cubic metres of fresh water every day.

It is expected that during 2016-2019, more investors from the private sector will be sought.

"Related departments like the Health Department should educate customers about the use of unhygienic water," Chairwoman of the city People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam was quoted as saying in the Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) newspaper.

Deputy Chairman of the city People's Committee Nguyen Huu Tin said the city faced challenges in both human resources and budget for water supply projects.

The city plans to invest in a 1,256 km system to distribute fresh water to 116,700 households.

Another 1,500 fresh water tanks will also be provided to households without fresh water. The remaining households will each receive a water treatment system.

"All local residents will receive the same quality fresh water at the same price of 5,300 VND (0.25 USD) for each cubic metre," Tin said.-VNA