The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong aims to help 99 percent of its rural population have access to hygienic water by 2020, 73 percent of which will use water that meets the Ministry of Health’s standards.
The target is part of a local programme costing more than VND 3.25 trillion ( US$ 152.4 million ) on improving living conditions for rural residents, according to a statement made by the provincial People’s Committee on July 12.
Local authorities are also working to ensure hygienic water and sanitary facilities for all local schools and medical stations.
To reach the target, the locality plans to build 40 concentrated water supply systems and upgrade 36 systems for residents and 30 for schools and medical stations.
Thousands of local schools and medical stations across the province will also be equipped with water filter systems.
Tens of thousands of concentrated water wells will be drilled, built and repaired to ensure adequate water supply for rural areas across the province.
The budget also covers the construction of three waste treatment factories.
Lam Dong is home to 40 ethnic minority groups with over 286,000 people, or 24.1 percent of the province’s population.
To drive development of ethnic areas, Lam Dong will continue to prioritise rural infrastructure, road networks, markets, healthcare and education facilities.