The northern province of Hai Duong strives to help 98 percent of its rural population accessing hygienic water by the end of 2014, of which 65 percent will use clean water meeting the Health Ministry’s standards.

To achieve the target, the locality plans to expand the existing water supply systems so that they can bring hygienic water to more 60,000 people in 20 communes.

The local authorities have also set to provide hygienic water for 100 percent of local schools and medical stations by 2015.

They will work to promote the implementation of the National Target Programme on Clean Water and Rural Environment Sanitation and the new-style rural building programme among local people.

Campaigns to raise public awareness of environmental sanitation will also be organised, while models of environmental protection involved by the locals will be set up.

Poor households will be supported in building biogas systems to treat waste from their breeding activities.

As much as 97.6 percent of rural residents in Hai Duong gained access to hygienic water in the first half of this year.

Meanwhile, 96.9 percent of schools and 97.4 percent of medical stations used clean water in the period.-VNA