By Khamphone Syvongxay
December 24, 2012
More than 7,000 people in central Xebangfay district, Khammuan province, and a village in Xaybouly district, Savanankhet province, now have running water thanks to the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Construction of the water supply system is part of the Xebangfay Water Supply and Sanitation Project, which aims to bring clean water to residents in target areas.
The official handover ceremony last week was attended by the Resident Representative of the KOICA Office in Laos, Mr Kwon Young-Eui, and Khammuan provincial Governor, Mr Khambay Damlath, along with Lao government officials and provincial authorities.
The villages benefiting from the project are Khuaxe, Nong Bone, Beung Houana and Teung in Khammuan province, and Manilat in Savannakhet province.
The system is able to produce about 900 cubic metres of clean water a day, sufficient to meet the needs of local residents.
Construction of the water supply system by Phouthpaseuth Construction Company began in May last year and cost US$1.2 million.
In support of the project, KOICA provided funding of US$2 million, which included staff training.
KOICA will now help to build a drinking water factory in the area, which will result in a sharp decline in problems associated with health and sanitation through the prevention of waterborne diseases.
Khammuan comprises 10 districts, but only people living in the main towns in Thakhek, Nongbok, Xebangfay and Mahaxay districts have access to piped water.
The project is important for its contribution to the government’s poverty reduction plans in the province.
Thousands of people in remote areas of the province still use a bore well or rivers to obtain their cooking and drinking water, which puts them at risk of falling ill.
The government is trying to bring in more investment and is closely cooperating with international organisations to increase the number of people having access to clean water.