Vietnam needs 20-30 billion USD investment for universal clean water access

Vietnam will need to invest 20-30 billion USD on water supply and drainage to make sure that 100% of the population has access to clean water, according to experts.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment forecasts that water use demand by 2030 is about 122.47 billion cubic metre per year. Urban development, discharge of untreated industrial wastewater, and use of fertilisers and pesticides in agriculture, are putting great pressure on river basins, affecting clean water sources. This is particularly the case for large cities where clean water sources are a concern.

The real wastewater collection rate is only about 60%, and the treatment rate is only 17% of the approximately 80 operational wastewater treatment projects, each having a capacity of more than two million cubic meters per day and night.

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