Source: Vientiane Times
The Water supply in Vientiane is set to be extended after Lao Pipe Industrial Technology Sole Co., Ltd. won a contract to improve services in Nabong village in Pakngum district and Somsamay village in Xaythany district.
A project contract worth over US$3.3 million was signed by the Director of the Vientiane Planning and Investment Department, Dr. Bouavone Souklaseng, and the Deputy Director of Lao Pipe Industrial Technology Sole Co., Ltd., Ms. Souchinda Sengphet.
The signing was witnessed by the Vice Mayor of Vientiane, Mr. Phoukhong Bannavong; the Country Director of the East Meets West Foundation, Mr. Khouankeo Ardphasouk; the governors of Pakngum and Xaythany districts; and other officials.
The construction work started in July 2022 and is now more than 50 percent completed.
The pipe water supply project will be implemented through a public-private partnership model.
The government provided the land to build a water treatment plant and the East Meets West Foundation funded the survey and detailed design of the system with US$25,000, as well as provided US$20,000 for the installation of piped water to the GESI households and public areas.
The Foundation also financed the construction of toilets in 5 primary schools at the cost of US$27,500 and subsidies of US$450,000 for water supply system construction.
In addition, Lao Pipe Industrial Technology Sole Co., Ltd. will provide nearly US$2.891 million in support of the project, which is being implemented under the build-operate-transfer model. The pipe water supply system will begin trial operation in some service areas of the target villages by Lao New Year (April) 2023.
The water system is expected to be fully complete by September and to be fully operational by the end of this year. Eventually, it aims to provide water to 15 villages of 3,500 households, benefitting 21,198 people.
The project is part of the ongoing social and economic development of Vientiane by providing clean and safe water to more people in the capital.