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Gov’t approves new National Rural Clean Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Rural Clean Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy by 2030, with a vision to 2045.

November 25, 2021 4:40 PM GMT+7

The strategy aims to ensure rural residents’ access to clean water with reasonable prices, guarantee sanitation at households and public places, reduce disease related to water resources and sanitation, improve local people’s lives, and narrow the gap between rural and urban areas. 

By 2030, around 65 percent of rural population will use clean water, with at least 60 liters per person per day while 100 percent of rural households, schools and medical facilities will have hygienic latrines.

The Government targets to raise the rate of wastewater treatment in rural residential areas to 15 percent over the next decade and to 30 percent by 2045. 

By 2045, 100 percent of rural residents are expected to use clean water and hygienic latrines. 

According to the Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA), about 74 percent of the Vietnamese population is living in rural areas, yet just 48 percent of households have access to clean water, compared with 82 percent in urban areas. 

Only 30 percent of small towns have piped water systems, and even then the proportion of connected households can be as low as 20 percent. 

By Thuy Dung