Vietnam Water Initiative

Universal access to safe and clean water and sanitation are at the core of sustainable development.

Australia has a long-standing engagement with the Government of Vietnam in the rural water supply sector. We are committed to assisting Vietnam to achieve Goal 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

How is the iXc assisting?

Recognising that the private sector is a primary driver of economic growth and poverty reduction, the iXc is supporting the NGO East Meets West Foundation (EMW) to deliver innovative approaches that will develop the Vietnamese private sector in rural water supply. EMW will be partnering with the Australian Water Association to pilot new innovative technology.

What types of innovations were implemented?

The initiative piloted both technological and process innovations including:

  • New filtration technology through community water kiosks.

  • A web-based tool to help communities manage human health risks from water quality.

  • A web-based tool to help communities manage human health risks from water quality.

  • Introduction of competitive bidding amongst current private operators to extend services to rural and remote areas.

What has been achieved?

New piped water connections to over 6,000 households by four private operators.

Use of a mobile application by newly connected households to verify connections and report on service satisfaction.

The installation of two water kiosks providing 30,000L per day of drinking water. These kiosks are being managed as sustainable businesses by local women.