5 Oct 2012
Drinking water in Vietnam - signing ceremony. Copyright: Royal HaskoningDHV
The Dutch government's NL Agency has commissioned project management, consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV to design a drinking water preparation plant and distribution system for two districts in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The area lacks a central drinking water system and this causes health problems among the local population.
The system will supply clean drinking water to 168,000 people and 500 businesses in the districts of Chau Thanh and Chau Thanh A. They are located in the Vietnamese province of Hau Giang, a rural region of the Mekong Delta. It is an important region for the production and export of fruit, fish, rice and pork.
Royal HaskoningDHV will design the drinking water system for surface water obtained from the Mekong River and the required distribution network including the connections to homes and businesses. Distributing the water poses the biggest challenge, because users are scattered across the region.
The design phase must be completed in approximately eighteen months. Construction and installation of the drinking water system are scheduled to start mid-2014 and the work will take two years to complete.
Sixth ORIO development project in VietnamThe project is being co-financed by the Facility for Infrastructure Development ('ORIO'), which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage public infrastructure enhancement in developing countries.
This is Royal HaskoningDHV's sixth ORIO project in Vietnam. The firm is also working on the development of three drinking water preparation and distribution systems in the provinces of Ben Tre, Ba Ria Vung Tau and Hai Duong for a total of 235,000 inhabitants. Royal HaskoningDHV is further designing two wastewater treatment plants in the provinces of Ba Ria Vung Tau and Ninh Thuan.
The objective of the ORIO programme is to use Dutch private sector expertise to reduce poverty and stimulate economic development in less prosperous countries. An important element of these projects is the transfer of knowledge in the operational phase.
In all of these projects Royal HaskoningDHV is working not only on designs and providing technical support, but is also investigating the effects on the surroundings and the socio-economic impact. On completion of the studies the Vietnamese authorities will immediately be able to start construction work.