The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing loans of up to $1 billion to give 3 million Vietnamese people better access to clean water. The first project will help Ho Chi Minh City improve water pressure and coverage for 500,000, including 20,000 families that currently are not connected to a central water supply system.
The ADB says just one-third of Vietenamese towns have central water supplies and 40% of Vietnamese do not have water connections. Vietnam wants 90% of its people to have piped water by 2020 and 100% by 2025.
In addition to improving water access, the loan program aims to decrease water loss in urban areas to less than 20%, the benchmark for relatively affluent Asian cities.