Hanoi is calling for increased business involvement in the city’s rural clean water supply and environmental sanitation projects as part of efforts to help rural residents living access clean water.

Speaking at a conference on March 26, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Xuan Viet asked relevant departments and sectors to improve policies to facilitate business investment in clean-water projects in the city.

Viet said the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development needs to examine and evaluate the current capacity and operation of water supply stations and plants as well as the efficiency of communication initiatives that aim to raise public awareness of the necessity of using clean water.

He stressed that shortcomings in the implementation of clean water projects should be addressed, thus designing appropriate plans for improving the efficiency of water-supply work in rural areas.

According to reports from the Hanoi rural water and environmental sanitation centre, as many as 99.21 percent of the rural population have access to hygienic water, 33.78 percent of which use clean water meeting Ministry of Health standards, as of 2014.

There were 106 water-supply stations in 16 rural districts in 2014, with only 78 operating currently supplying water to 286,000 people.

Hanoi has targeted comprehensive rural population access to hygienic water by 2015, 60 percent of which will use clean water that meets Ministry of Health standards.

To that end, the city has focused its resources on building inter-communal clean water supply systems, communal and district level clean water supply stations and expanding the urban clean water supply network.-VNA