Australian innovation saving lives in Vietnam

Posted 20 March 2017

Innovation Vietnam Drinking water KioskThe Australian Water Association (the Association) is facilitating SkyJuice Foundation Inc. (SkyJuice) to deliver an innovative drinking water technology project for needy communities in Vietnam. 

SkyJuice Chairman, Mr. Rhett Butler, AM said: “This project will be a tremendous catalyst to encourage individuals and organisations to embrace innovative technology solutions to solve pressing global issues like drinking water and sanitation.”

The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Vietnam Government to demonstrate Australian technology and innovation in a rural village of Vietnam, Son La Province. It is being funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) who have engaged the Association to facilitate the demonstration of Australian water innovation to assist Vietnam in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Australian Water Association CEO Jonathan McKeown said: “This project has the potential to greatly enhance safe drinking water outcomes in Vietnam by demonstrating advanced, fit for use, and affordable Australian technology.”

“We are very excited to play a role in facilitating the Australian water industry to increase access to safe drinking water while profiling and positioning Australian innovation in the fast emerging economy of Vietnam,” Mr McKeown said.

This project involves SkyJuice participating in a demonstration Community Water Project (pilot project), providing its innovative membrane water treatment technology with the aim to build capacity of rural water agencies in Vietnam to operate advanced drinking technology and deliver safe drinking water to their communities. 

Outcomes from the pilot project will inform the Vietnam and Australian Governments on the suitability for nationally upscaling treatment technology in areas of most need. 

For more information on the technology demonstration program contact Paul Smith at

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