Thoi Lai clean water factory put into use

On April 29, 2008, Ben Tre's Clean Water and Rural Environment Sanitation Center solemnly held the inauguration ceremony for the Thoi Lai clean water factory in Thoi Lai Commune, Binh Dai District. The ceremony was attended by Mr Mal Skelly, the Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City; Mr Ray Miles, Chief Expert of the Australian mission; Mr Nguyen Van Hue, Manager of the AusAID program in Ho Chi Minh City; and Mr Nguyen Quoc Bao, Vice Chairman of Ben Tre Provincial People's Committee.

The Thoi Lai clean water and environment sanitation project is deployed over a stretch of area that includes the 4 communes of Thoi Lai, Phu Vang, Vang Quoi Dong, and Vang Quoi Tay in Binh Dai District. It is worth VND15.37 billion of investment value, of which VND9.67 billion are from the State budget and public contributions.

The Thoi Lai water factory is just one feature of the project, worth VND9.7 billion. Project features include a water tank to supply clean water to 1,000 households, 13 sanitary facilities (water closets) and water systems to supply for schools, healthcare stations, and the communal governing apparatus in the targeted area. Another feature is the water factory with capacity of 80m3/h to supply water to 3,000 households, or about 5,000 individual users. Targeted beneficiaries in the project area total up to 4,000 poor households, or 80% of the total households.

Mr Mal Skelly said, he was very proud of his government's financial aid to Ben Tre in the clean water and environment sanitation program for the rural area. This was one of the large projects that the Australian Government wanted to share with Viet Nam. Especially, he said he hoped this project would help to lessen the hardship for the poor in Ben Tre.

On behalf of Ben Tre's people and government, Mr Nguyen Quoc Bao thanked the Australian Government for its generous help to improve life conditions, particularly the supply of clean water, for the poor in rural Ben Tre. The projects in Ben Tre had been greatly successful thanks to sound design and high quality. Mr Bao also wanted the local authorities to make good use of this project so that it could serve the beneficiaries as well as possible.