Residents receive free clean water from a water supply site in Ben Tre province (Source: VNA) Soc Trang (VNS/VNA) - All residents in rural areas of the Mekong Delta must have access to clean water, Nguyen Hoang Hiep, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a seminar held in Soc Trang province on May 27. Hiep urged the delta, which includes 12 provinces and Can Tho city, to improve water quality and to encourage residents to use water efficiently. About 96,000 households with a total of 430,000 people in rural areas in the delta face clean water shortages during the dry season because of saltwater intrusion, deteriorating water supply systems, and declining groundwater resources. Most of the households live in Ben Tre, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Long An and Tra Vinh provinces. The provinces have set up free water supply sites and transported clean water from other places to these households. He said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) over the long term would work with other ministries to build irrigation projects to solve water shortages during the dry season. The delta should also repair existing concentrated water supply projects, he said. In the next three years, delta provinces should expand tapwater pipe networks, drill concentrated bored wells in areas with no access to tap water,… Read full this story
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