New water treatment plant opens in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial authority last week opened a new water treatment plant in Thong village, Pakxan district.
The plant supplies 1,000m3 of drinking water per day, equivalent to the needs of 6,600 people, with the water sourced from the Nam Ngiep River.
|The new water treatment plant in Thong village, Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province.
The plant was built as one of the Japanese Economic Assistance projects of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under a proposal by Team Tohkemy (consisting of Tohkemy Corporation as a representative, Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. as a consultant, and Lapon Company Limited as a local partner). It purifies highly turbid local river water to a level that meets the Japanese Drinking Water Standard.
The project was initiated by an agreement in May 2015 between the Department of Housing and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and JICA.
The Lao side built the plant, water tanks and pipes, while the Japanese side designed and manufactured water treatment apparatus. Lao and Japanese collaboration enabled the project to successfully supply drinking water in a very short period of time.
The government has set a goal to supply piped water to 80 percent of urban communities nationwide by 2020. In 2014, only 67 percent of households had access to piped water. This is required to support economic growth, urbanisation and population increases as well as the reduction of regional disparities.
Given the reduced quality of underground water resources in urban areas, it has become a challenge to produce a stable drinking water supply at a reasonable cost by purifying surface water such as that from the Mekong River with high turbidity in the rainy season.
Team Tohkemy expressed their willingness to help boost the supply of drinking water by focusing on medium and small-sized drinking water supplies for small towns and suburban areas.
The introduction of the new plant in Pakxan district has increased the drinking water supply ratio from 69 percent to 89 percent.
The Ambassador of Japan to Laos Mr Takeshi Hikihara said “Japan is supporting the supply of safe water together with the Lao government. It is pleasing that Japanese technology is effectively used for the people of Laos and that Japan's Official Development Assistance is playing a very important role in the social and economic development of Laos.”
The water treatment facility is scheduled to be donated by JICA to Borikhamxay province upon the transfer of operational know-how to the Borikhamxay Waterworks Bureau through a joint one year operation by Team Tohkemy and the Bureau.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 6, 2017)