Opportunities, challenges to water sector in the spotlight

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has greatly impacted businesses operating in the water sector, offering them both opportunities and challenges, heard a conference in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, on May 16.

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Within the framework of the conference, there was an exhibition displaying products of the water sector. (Photo: VNA)

Delegates at the conference, themed “Water 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges,” agreed technological innovation has led to higher productivity and more prosperity, but created greater pressures due to the transfer of human resources. 

Labourers in factories amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution will get new jobs with different requirements, they said, pointing out other challenges regarding facilities, equipment and management mechanisms. 

Given this, the water sector has attracted human resources or transferred technological advances. 

According to Phan Thien Dinh, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue province, clean water supply is an important target in local development. 

The province has paid attention to upgrading the water supply system so that more and more people can access clean water, he said, adding that 87 percent of the local population are using clean water. 

Delegates agreed that to reach the target of developing the water sector sustainably, more heed must be paid to investment in smart equipment, thus improving productivity and business efficiency and ensuing water security amidst climate change and regional and international integration.

Within the framework of the conference, there was an exhibition displaying products of the water sector.

VNA

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