The Hanoitimes - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has recently organized a seminar on building a clean water supply orientation for rural areas in the 2016-2020 period.
Addressing the seminar, Director of the Department of Water Resources Management and Rural Water Supply under the Directorate of Water Resources Do Van Thanh said that Viet Nam aims to have 95 percent of its total population to gain access to improved and protected water sources and 55 percent to clean water by 2020.
Delegates attend the seminar
To achieve the set target, it is necessary to increase investment from the State budget and mobilize other resource; promote co-operation and calling for financial support from international organizations; ask commercial banks to provide loans with preferential interest rates for enterprises, he said.
He also emphasized the importance of technology transfers, particularly the environmentally friendly technology, automated water quality control, and the application of simple technology with reduced price and easy to repair.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, clean water and sanitation in rural areas are facing many challenges due to climate change and the impacts of upstream water resources, requiring a new approach to deal with. The seminar aimed to evaluate the results achieved in the past and to find solutions to shortcomings.
Statistic show that, in 2016, 87.5 percent of the population had access to improved water sources. According to report of Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (under the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development), by February 2017, nearly 95 percent of the rural population has access to clean water.
Translated by Anh Kiet