The Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Environment pledged a non-refundable aid package of 10.5 billion VND (500,000 USD) for the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to build water supply facilities in its rural communes.

The money is going to a 34.5 billion VND (1.6 million USD) project to construct a centralised water supply system in the city’s Thanh An, Thanh Thang and Thanh Loi communes in Vinh Thanh district. It will consist of a water treatment station with a capacity of 100 cubic metres per hour and a 160km pipeline network.

Its construction is set to start next year and finish in 2015. About 80 percent of the population in the three communes is expected to gain access to safe water when the system goes into operation, said Director of the Can Tho Centre for Rural Clean Water and Environmental Sanitation Tu Van Loi.

At a working session with the municipal People’s Committee on November 12, Park Yong Kyu from the RoK ministry said they will send experts to the communes to conduct studies and select suitable water treatment technology.

He affirmed that if the project in Can Tho runs successfully, the ministry will consider technology assistance to expand the system to other regional localities.

Under its master plan on rural water supply from 2015 to 2020, Can Tho city plans to provide 7,000 cubic metres per day and night for residents in the three communes.-VNA