CDSSEA 03: Access to and Usage of Clean Water in Peri-urban Vietnam

It is widely acknowledged that water plays a critical role in sustainable development and poverty reduction. Most countries have set high water quality standards, as has Vietnam. However, access to clean water in peri-urban areas has not been encouraging. In this document Mrs. Nguyễn, born and raised in Gia Lam district—a peri-urban area near Hanoi—offers insights into access to clean water and use by local residents in her district.

She frames the lack of water quality, the inequality in access and how both relate to failing water governance. Part of the solution, she states, are clear mandates, in particular issued to the district government, improved coordination between all stakeholders, accountability on every level, community participation and awareness of the impact of clean water on our health. The author concludes with some strong recommendations for the ministries, related agencies, the district government, the private sector (water suppliers) and local residents.

Publication date: December 2017