Vietnam helps Laos produce clean water

Vietnam’s Mai Dong Water Company and Laos’s Vientiane Water Supply Company have signed an investment agreement worth US$5 million to build a water purification and bottling plant in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.

The project aims to address the lack of clean water in the capital and also provide water for the traditional festival of Bunpimay which will be held from April 14-16.

The Mai Dong Water Company will contribute 80 percent of the capital for the project to run for 30 years. The plant will increase the amount of water, it can process by 1.5 times in 2015.

Laos’ authorities are calling on the public to save as much water as possible because water levels in the Mekong River have dropped to a record low.   

The Director of the Vientiane Water Supply Company, Daophet Buapha, said the city is seriously short of clean water as the company can only provide about 160,000cu.m per day, far less than the required volume.