Rolling out Aussie water innovation in Vietnam

Published 23 March 2018

At a time of unparalleled economic ties between Australia and Vietnam following the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s visit to Australia in March, Australian water innovation is rolling out across the provinces of Dong Thap, Khanh Hoa, Nam Dinh and Son La in rural Vietnam to increase access to safe drinking water and to enable private sector participation.

The Australian Water Association, with support from the Australian Government, Government of Vietnam and ANZ Bank, is continuing a program of drinking water technology transfer and training on its use for the local operators so they can manage the schemes in a financially viable business model. The recent Australian delegation to Vietnam included Water Corporation staff to address the issue of calcium in the drinking water in Son La.

The Association is grateful for the time and technical expertise provided by its members including Arthur Kokolekos of Luminultra, Allan Hughes of Hydramet, Tan Do Duy of Hach Pacific, and Cristiano Carvalho, Matthew Bowman and Jessica Le of Water Corporation and Stephen Harrison from Servelec to support the DFAT-funded project. 

"It was exciting to take part in AWA’s project to increase access to safe drinking water in remote Vietnam. The highlight was the integration of drinking water quality science, with the social aspects of community awareness including source protection and the grassroots example of gender diversity with the Australia – Vietnamese water professionals commissioning the new treatment unit. A big win all around," said Cristiano Carvalho, Team Leader Asset Requirements Planning, Assets Planning Group, Water Corporation.

"As a graduate engineer this was such an amazing trip both personally and professionally. Being able to do hands-on engineering through the installation of the Calgon unit was a good challenge, and getting the results we wanted was even more rewarding. Hopefully with this installation we can help to build the Chieng Mai commune’s confidence in safe drinking water," said Jessica Lee, Chemical Engineer, Water Corporation.

"Hydramet was delighted to contribute to the installation of the Calgon dosing system located at the rural commune of Chieng Mai, Son La Province. The additional treatment will assist with the mitigation of calcium build-up and compliment the safe drinking water currently offered in the commune," said Allan Hughes, National Products Manager, Hydramet.
"As a partner of the AWA projects in Vietnam it was with great pleasure to return with the Australian delegation to provide additional monitoring equipment, training and education to the local water authority staff on the use and application of LuminUltra Technologies solutions. The measurements confirmed the delivery of safe drinking water to the local communities and will hold them in good stead to be able to continue this monitoring for the future," said Arthur Kokolekos, Regional Business Development Manager Asia Pacific, LuminUltra.

To view photos from the recent AWA mission to Vietnam, click here.

To view the Vietnam news channel report on the Dong Thap project, click here.

The Association will also be supporting a delegation of Vietnamese water professionals to Ozwater’18 to facilitate commercial opportunities with Australian technology providers and promote existing partnerships including the Australia-Vietnam Twinning Program.

To read more about the Association’s International Program, click here.
Australian water innovation is rolling out in rural Vietnam to increase access to safe drinking water
Allan Hughes from Hydramet, Cristiano Carvalho, Matthew Bowman and Jessica Le of Water Corporation at Son La

Installation of Servelec telemetry monitoring system in Nam Dinh rural water utility

Education workshop in Son La on verification of small household filters provided by HACH and LuminUltra
Australian water innovation is rolling out in rural Vietnam to increase access to safe drinking water
Jessica from Water Corporation providing training to local Vietnam operators in Son La on Calgon system