Dutch consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has signed a 2.7 million euro contract to implement two new water treatment plants and distribution networks in the province of Ba Ria Vung Tau, South Vietnam.

The contract was signed with the Center for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (CERWASS) of the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The project is scheduled for completion in March 2016 and will provide 100,000 people with clean drinking water and boost economic development by increasing water supply to local businesses.

dws-rhdhv-vietnam-ba-ria-vung-tau-impression-350px-Project management and equipment supply
The project includes two complete water supply systems consisting of raw water intake, water treatment, distribution networks and 25,000 home and business connections.

Royal HaskoningDHV is responsible for project management and the supply of critical equipment and components.

Unsafe water from wells
Currently only 30 percent of the rural population in the project area have access to safe drinking water. The majority of people use unsafe water from wells and surface water which can adversely affect their health.

Mr Nguyen Van Tri, Director CERWASS said: "The implementation of the Ba Ria Vung Tau Rural Water Supply project plays a crucial role in our objective to supply clean water to 97 percent of the rural residents by the year 2020. It is an important and truly meaningful project which will contribute to the realisation of Vietnam’s rural clean water supply and sanitation strategy."

dws-rhdhv-vietnam-ba-ria-vung-tau-nien-burg-350px-Vice chairman Mr. Ho Van Nien of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province (right) and Mr. Simon Van Der Burg (left) of the Netherlands Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City officially initiated the Orio-projects on 20 September, 2013.

Upgrading living standards
Mr Tim Jeanné, Royal HaskoningDHV's Director Water Technology for the AESAN market said: "Royal HaskoningDHV is seeking to achieve a leading position in Vietnam."

He added: "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.

Dutch co-financing
The Ba Ria Vung Tau Rural Water Supply 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.

It is one of five Orio-projects in Vietnam involving Royal HaskoningDHV. In total the company is working on three water supply projects to provide safe drinking water to half a million people in three different provinces of the country.

This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.

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