Drinking water supply in Vietnam to undergo improvements

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AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, Jan. 27, 2011 -- The Dutch engineering and consultancy firm DHV has won two contracts to improve the drinking water supply for tens of thousands of local residents in southern Vietnam. DHV has been commissioned to design two water treatment plants, a pumping station, and up to 150 kilometers of drinking water pipes. By carrying out these projects in Vietnam, DHV is making an important contribution to the realization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

ORIO
The Dutch government is providing financial support for the projects under the terms of the ORIO facility for public infrastructure development in developing countries. The commissioning client is NL EVD International. The Vietnamese government also supports the projects. The total contract sum for DHV amounts to €618,000. The ORIO facility aims to promote economic growth in developing countries, reduce poverty, and to stimulate the involvement of international business in projects conducted in developing countries.

In addition to the designs and technical specifications, DHV will also conduct environmental impact assessments and socio-economic studies for both projects. The projects will be ready for the execution stage once these assessments and studies have been completed.

Bên Tre province
The first contract concerns an expansion of the drinking water supply system in Bên Tre province. DHV will also work on a new pumping station with a processing capacity of 5,000 to 10,000 cubic meters of water per day. At the moment only 8,000 of the region's 40,000 inhabitants have access to clean drinking water, and only during the rainy season. During the dry season people are forced to rely on expensive bottled water or water from polluted springs. The expanded drinking water system will supply some 61,000 local residents with clean drinking water by 2015.

Bà Ria -- Vũng Tàu
The second project will be completed in Bà Ria -- Vũng Tàu (a region near Ho Chi Minh City) and is aimed at supplying clean water to the rural population. The drinking water supply system currently has insufficient capacity and water quality is very poor. Consequently, there is an urgent need to expand and upgrade the system. All the region's rural residents must have access to clean water by 2020.

DHV is a leading international consultancy and engineering firm, providing services and innovative solutions in Transportation, Water, Building & Industry, Urban and Regional Development, and Environment & Sustainability. Our range of services covers the entire project cycle, including management consultancy, advice, design and engineering, project management, contract management and asset management.

DHV, headquartered in the Netherlands, is part of the DHV Group which maintains a network of 75 offices worldwide. Our projects are able to call upon the extensive expertise network of the entire DHV Group, benefiting from an integrated approach and a shared commitment to the sustainable development of our living environment. The DHV Group has a staff of 5,500 and its net turnover in 2009 was € 481 million. For further information please visit www.dhv.com .

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