Facilitating safe drinking water in Vietnam

Posted 13 August 2018

The Australian Water Association, with support from the Australian Government, Government of Vietnam and ANZ Bank, has facilitated its latest contribution to the Australian Government’s program to increase access to safe drinking water through adoption of Australian innovation and expertise. 

This activity involved the installation of advanced, low cost water treatment technology provided by Akvotek and Hydroscience Asia. Both companies have formed a partnership in Vietnam that includes export of technology from Australia and local manufacturing in Ho Chi Minh City to pilot a treatment process involving membranes, activated carbon, chlorination and automation. The technology applied will provide up to 10,000 litres of clean tap water to teachers and school children at My Hoa 1 Primary School and nearby community members in Thap Muoi District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam. 

The project also involved the handover of 100 small membrane water filters provided by SkyJuice Foundation, capable of providing an additional 20,000L of safe drinking water per day. This follows on from technology demonstrations in Khanh Hoa, Son La and Nam Dinh Provinces of Vietnam and builds from the Association's activities in March which included a visit to Đồng Tháp to confirm the location of the technology demonstration.  

The August activities included:

• Installation of the treatment technology
• Verification of the treated water using sampling methods provided by ALS Australia
• Training in the operation and maintenance of technology including samplings methods to verify future water quality performance
• Customer and community information session to communicate the value of safe drinking water
• Launch of technology to over 100 locals including school children

The installation was also attended by a delegation of Cambodian water professionals, supported by the Australian Government to learn about the technologies that are being introduced in Vietnam for transferal to Cambodia under a separate program. The Australian Water Association looks forward to facilitating exchange of expertise between the Australian, Vietnamese and Cambodian water sectors commencing with a Cambodia-Australia collaboration workshop at Vietwater’18.

Acting Counsellor, Robin Bednall represented the Australian Government at the launching ceremony.

The Australian Government is proud to support the installation and handover of a water kiosk that will provide clean drinking water from tap to teachers and school children at My Hoa 1 school, My Hoa Commune, Thap Muoi District of Dong Thap province,” he said.

Mr Vo Thanh Ngoan, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Dong Thap Province thanked everyone involved in the mission. 

“We would like to sincerely thank Australian Government, Australian Water Association and Australian water professionals for your support in the installation of this drinking water system in My Hoa 1 school. The system has addressed the clean water issue that we are facing and helped our community increase access to safe drinking water. We will also ensure the school and operators of the systems have the capacity to manage, operate and use the system efficiently to maintain its optimal function."

Mark Forbes, Chief Executive Officer at Akvotek said “Akvotek is pleased to partner with Hydroscience Asia and the Australian Water Association in the installation of technology that will increase access of safe drinking water to the people of My Hoa Commune”.
Bruce Pollard of ALS providing water quality training
Bruce Pollard of ALS providing water quality training
Mark Forbes of Akvotek providing operator training
Mark Forbes of Akvotek providing operator training
Cutting the ribbon at launch ceremony
Cutting the ribbon at launch ceremony
Children drinking from water kiosk
Children drinking from water kiosk
This mission has gained a lot of attention in the media. To view the Vietnamese media and DFAT news reports on the Dong Thap installation, click on the links below.

Saigon Times article on Australian Water Association activities 
Dong Thap article - Australian Water Association activities in Vietnamese 
DFAT Vietnam Facebook links
Vietnam local media report - Dong Thap 
My Hoa local news report

View photos from the recent mission to Vietnam and the Dong Thap Water Kiosk installation below.

Photo Gallery: Dong Thap Province Water Kiosk Installation

Sustainable water workshop in Hanoi


The Australian Water Association also participated in a sustainable water workshop hosted by UBM, Ministry of Construction and the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association on Wednesday, 8 August in Hanoi. Paul Smith presented on a paper on public Private Partnerships co-authored by Frontier Economic, ANZ Bank and the Association to share Australia’s experiences in supporting Vietnams targets for equitization (or privatisation) of state owned water utilities by 2020. The workshop allowed the Association to build further relationships and to promote the program of activities as part of the Association’s fourth delegation to Vietwater’18 in November this year to facilitate commercial opportunities with Australian technology providers. For further news on the Vietnam workshop, click below.

Sustainable development workshop in Vietnam
Smart water management helps promote sustainable development
Sustainable water workshop in Hanoi
Participants at Sustainable Water Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam
Robin Bednall, Australian Government
Robin Bednall, Australian Government
Paul Smith, Australian Water Association
Paul Smith, Australian Water Association
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