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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on April 30 attended a ceremony to hand over a RO water purifier to the authority of Giong Trom district in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Trewhich aims to meet the demand of fresh water for local people.
The purifier is hoped to supply fresh water to 12,000 households in the communes of Chau Hoa, Phong Nam and Phong My in Giong Trom district.
The water purifier, worth over VND 1.2 billion (USD 51,357 ) funded by PetroVietnam Gas (PV Gas), has a capacity of 8 cu.m of water per hour.
Once become operational, the purifier can provide each household in drought-affected areas with a maximum of 60 litres of water per day.
The sponsorship for installing saltwater treatment systems in Ben Tre province has contributed to helping locals have access to hygienic water, and save costs for buying water.
According to Doan Van Danh, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ben Tre province, in addition to the RO water purifier system installed in Chau Hoa commune, PV Gas had also funded a water purifier system in Tien Thuy commune of Chau Thanh district.
So far, a total of 24 RO water purifier systems have been installed in 35 water plants in Ben Tre province.
Danh said more than 1,000 organisations, individuals and businesses donated water tanks, water purifiers and water bags to the local authorities to help locals tackle water shortages caused by drought and saline intrusion.
Saltwater has intruded into many coastal areas in the Mekong Delta, causing a shortage of water for households and agricultural production.
In Ben Tre, the first province to be affected, saltwater intrusion began in mid-February.
Local residents in the province’s coastal areas have to store fresh water in ponds and containers for household use and agricultural production./.
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