More than VND54 trillion [US$ 2.77 billion] will be allocated for the national target programme on rural water supply and environmental sanitation from 2011 to 2015 to improve locals’ living conditions, according to the Standing Office of the National Target Programme for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation.
Of the total, VND21.8 trillion [US$ 1.12 billion] will be earmarked for water supply and VND25.6 trillion [US$ 1.32 billion] for hygiene in households and schools.
The programme aims to improve water supply services, raise people’s awareness and change the community’s behaviour regarding environmental protection. Priority will be given to remote, island, drought-stricken and polluted areas to benefit poor and ethnic minority people.
Vietnam has set a goal of supplying running water to 83 percent of the rural population by the end of 2010. A programme official says the goal would be [surpassed] this year, with 85 percent of the people accessing safe water. However, only 63 percent of rural households would have [hygienic] latrines, 7 percent less than the goal.
Related web site: Viet Nam – Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Partnership (RWSSP)