A two-month drive to improve rural water quality and environmental hygiene in northern Ninh Binh province has yielded positive outcomes following a wide range of activities.

Since April 15, about 1,500 leaflets on the benefits of clean water have been handed out to local people who were also encouraged to clean up the environment around three concentrated water supply stations in Quang Son commune; the Quynh Son farm in Quynh Luu commune; and Son Thanh, Thanh Lac, and Thuong Hoa communes.

Local people collected 24.5 tonnes of waste, cleaned up 32 kilometres of roads and dredged 13.2 kilometres of sewers. Meanwhile, about 83 percent of the tested water supply stations met Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s standards, up 8.65 percent from the last test.

More than 15,000 families in 32 communes received concessional loans from a clean water and household hygiene fund to build sanitary toilets. Some 2,000 households were also supported with nearly 1.6 billion VND (about 74,400 USD) from an energy efficiency promotion programme to build biogas tanks.

Households within specific areas have also worked together to ensure their neighbourhoods are green and clean.

Vice Chairman of the Ninh Binh People’s Committee Dinh Chung Phung said the province will communicate the importance of clean water and the environment to residents via the local radio network.

It will also ask the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to allocate finances from the national target programme on rural clean water and environmental hygiene for the construction of water supply facilities, which was previously suspended due to a lack of funding, he added.-VNA