The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded Royal HaskoningDHV a €2.7 million drinking water contract to implement two new water treatment plants and distribution networks in rural Vietnam – expected to deliver clean water to 100,000 people in the area.
In rural Vietnam, the majority of people do not have access to safe drinking water. As a result, many use unsafe water from wells and surface water, water that then may adversely affect their health. As part of its objective to supply clean water to 97% of the rural residents by the year 2020, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has set up several clean water supply projects.
One of these is the rural water supply project in the province of Ba Ria Vung Tau* (South Vietnam). The project consists of two new water treatment plants and distribution networks that are expected to provide 100,000 people with clean drinking water as well as economic development by increasing water supply to local businesses. “It is an important and truly meaningful project which will contribute to the realisation of Vietnam’s rural clean water supply and sanitation strategy,” explains Nguyen Van Tri, Director of the Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (CERWASS) of the Vietnamese Ministry.
To assist with the project management and the supply of critical equipment and components, CERWASS selected engineering and project management consulting firm Royal HaskoningDHV.
Commenting on the contract, Tim Jeanné, Royal HaskoningDHV's Director Water Technology for the AESAN market, says: “We have already delivered the complete design and engineering, socio-economic reporting, EIA and feasibility study for the Ba Ria Vung Tau water supply system. We are now responsible for the construction management of the water treatment plant and distribution system and supply of equipment and components like pumps, valves, sludge scrapers, instrumentations and the electrical and automation system.”
Jeanné concludes: “Through this project we are really improving the lives of the mainly poor people in the rural districts of Xuyen Moc and Dat Do. Within a couple of years these people will have sufficient and safe drinking water delivered to their houses. We will also be increasing water supply to businesses and SME’s thus encouraging economic development.”
The project, expected to be completed in March 2016, is co-financed by the Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO), which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.