As many as 79 percent of residents in rural areas in northern Thai Nguyen province have got access to clean water and 94 percent of schools have installed clean water systems and standard latrines.

The results were reported to officials from the National Target Programme on Clean Water and Rural Environment Sanitation and foreign consultants who came to Thai Nguyen on August 13 to examine how the locality brings safe water to its people under the Target Programme.

Since its implementation in 2012, Thai Nguyen has put into use two systems of running water, serving 8,000 residents in Dai Tu district.

It is building four similar facilities and planning the construction of four others in the districts of Pho Yen, Phu Binh, Dai Tu, and Phu Luong.

The officials have, however, figured out that many grassroots administrations failed to work closely with relevant agencies in implementing and managing the programme properly, threatening the quality of the built facilities.

Committed to addressing the issue, the local authorities have also expressed their wish to continue implementing the Target Programment and taking part in other national pilot programmes on clean water and environmental sanitation.-VNA