The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long aims to supply clean water to 90 percent of its rural population by the end of 2015, 60 percent of whom will have access to local water supply systems, a 10 percent increase from 2014.

By the end of June, about 89.4 percent of the province’s households, including 55.2 percent of rural families, have access to clean water, up 2.4 percent from last year.

This year, the locality is planning to allocate 72 billion VND (3.3 million USD) to upgrade and expand 14 pipe networks and install about 7,000 water metres in rural areas.

Vinh Long has been working to replace privately dug wells and slow sand filters with clusters of standard water supply systems capable of providing clean water to 300-500 households.

Another 43.4 billion VND (2 million USD) was put aside for 22 rural water projects with a focus on new-style rural communes, such as My Loc in Tam Binh district, Hoa Phu in Long Ho district, Hoa Binh in Tra On district and Chanh Hoi in Mang Thit district. To date, 12.7 billion VND was already disbursed.

The province plans begin construction of a water supply system in Tan Phu Commune, Tam Binh district and speed up three other projects to expand water pipe networks in Thanh Binh commune of Vung Liem district, and Huu Thanh and Tich Thien of Tra On district.-VNA