The northern midland province of Phu Tho will receive over 58 billion VND (2.72 million USD) to upgrade its water supply and sanitation in rural areas in 2014.

The amount will come from the World Bank and the national target programme for rural water supply and sanitation, said Ha Ke San, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

During 2014, two projects to supply clean water to local people in six communes in Ha Hoa and Thanh Thuy districts will be carried out, while 20 water supply facilities will be installed in schools and 13 others in healthcare stations.

The provincial rural clean water and sanitation programme is to meet the clean water demand of the local community in a full and sustainable way, and raise their awareness of the importance of clean water and hygiene.

It also focuses on enhancing capacity of communes and villages in making plans and managing infrastructure works, and supporting locals’ initiatives in the field, the provincial official said.

In 2013, Phu Tho started work on three water supply systems with a designed capacity of 8,800 cubic meter of water per day for 11 communes. As many as 1,420 sanitation toilets were built.-VNA