Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has earmarked roughly 9.2 billion VND (over 396,700 USD) to provide 4,000 drought-hit households in Cang Long and Chau Thanh districts with access to clean water.

A 170km-long pipe network will be installed to give nearly 2,800 families in Chau Thanh’s eight communes and over 1,200 households in Cang Long’s three communes, most affected by drought and saline intrusion, access to clean water.

These households have suffered water shortage during dry season, making them use unsafe or costly alternatives, such as surface water, rain water or bottled water.

According to Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Minh Truyen, Tra Vinh has 158 rural water supply projects, 23 of which are located in areas prone to drought and saltwater intrusion.

The installation is expected to finish during this year’s dry season./.