One of the biggest challenges in safe water provision in the developing world is supplying populations not yet connected to utility networks. Most rural water supply projects lack a water treatment element and many are taken out of operation prematurely as a result of poor operation and maintenance.
With funding from the Asian Development Bank, Aquaya is working with the Thua Thien Hue Water Supply and Construction Company (HueWACO), a state-owned water utility in Central Vietnam, to design and test novel technology and management models for safe water provision in rural, off-network communities. In this approach, the utility assumes responsibility for water system design, operation, and maintenance. Operators selected by the community are employed by the utility for day-to-day operation and system monitoring, while maintenance and system repair is overseen by the utility itself. Aquaya is also assisting HueWACO in designing and implementing Water Safety Plans for these off-network systems.