Vientiane – South Korea has given Laos 2.5 million dollars to improve clean water supplies to a district in the country’s northern province of Oudomxay, a news report said Tuesday.
Ground was broken on the project, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), in the province’s Xay district on Friday, the Vientiane Times reported.
The new water treatment plant was to supply 3,000 cubic metres of clean drinking water a day to seven nearby villages with a combined population of 8,370 people.
Oudomxay province contributed 300,000 dollars to connect the new plant to the existing pipe network. The project is planned to be completed by April.
Laos has set itself the target of lifting itself out of the UN’s list of Least Developed Countries by 2020.
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The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has provided US$2.5 million for the building of a water supply system in Xay district, Oudomxay province.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction project was held on June 20 in the district.
The system will include one intake facility, a raw water transmission pipe and one water treatment plant, complete with electricity, vehicles, necessary equipment and training for water supply staff.
The production capacity of the system is estimated at 3,000 cubic metres a day, which could supply clean and safe water for seven villages with 8,370 people groupe d in 1,669 households.
According to Director General of the Department of Housing and Urban Planning Mr Khanthavy Thaiphachanh, Oudomxay province has contributed approximately US$300,000 to the project to construct a new clean water pipeline from the new water treatment plant to the existing clean water pipeline.
DM Construction and Trading won the tender to undertake the entirety of the construction work. It plans to complete the project by April 17 next year.
The Republic of Korea Ambassador to Laos Mr Kim Soo-Gwon said the project would provide clean and safe tap water to the people of Xay district, which would contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods.
The project will help villagers escape poverty and contribute to Laos achieving its Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and graduating from the UN’s list of Least Developed Countries by 2020.
Though it is not a large-scale project, the water system symbolises the close cooperation and friendship between Laos and the Republic of Korea.
The Republic of Korea provides assistance not only in water supply but also in education, health and other sectors in Oudomxay province.
Governor of Oudomxay province Mr Khamla Lingnasone thanked the Korean government and people for their assistance.
The project was established in response to Oudomxay province’s urgent needs in the lead-up to it hosting the National Games this December.
Mr Khamla also urged the construction company to work quickly so the system could be used during the games.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport Ms Vilaykham Phoosalad, KOICA representative Ms Kim Joung-Ae and other related officials.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 24, 2014)