The northern province of Thai Binh had 34 rural clean water supply projects worth 2.1 trillion VND (100 million USD) as of this April, benefiting 1.2 million residents in 175 communes.

With a total capacity of over 207,000 cubic metres, the province is striving to provide clean water access to all local residents later this year.

The State Bank and commercial banks have facilitated appraisals and adjusted loans for relevant projects, eight of which received loans worth a combined 68 billion VND (3.2 million USD).

According to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, 22 of the approved projects are new, five others have expanded capacities and the rest have increased their scale.

Of 27 licensed projects, 10 are fully operational, 11 are under construction and the remaining six await land procedures.

Local authorities have offered incentives to investors in water supply projects, including financial aid and funded training courses.-VNA