The Association pilots advanced low cost water treatment technology to increase access to safe drink water in rural area of Vietnam

Posted 29 May 2017

As part of their work in Vietnam, The Australian Water Association (The Association) has facilitated SkyJuice Foundation Inc. (SkyJuice) to pilot innovative membrane water treatment technology in a rural area of Chieng Mai and Chieng Ban commune, Son La Province, Vietnam. This project is funded by the InnovationXchange, a program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The outcomes of this pilot project include:

  1. Installation of a water kiosk at Chieng Mai Community Hall providing 10,000L per day of safe drinking water
  2. Installation of a water tower at Chieng Mai Primary School, providing 10,000L per day of safe drinking water for the school
  3. Provision of 20 small membrane water treatment filters in locations of greatest community impact in Chieng Ban Commune. 


As part of the project, SkyJuice has provided training for operators of the water treatment technology. The launch of the water kiosks has been held at Chieng Mai Primary School. Attending the launch are representatives from Australian Embassy in Hanoi, Provincial People’s Committee, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Commune Leaders, School Leaders, Provincial Rural Water Centre, Son La Water Company and hundreds of school children and local people. 

This pilot project opened door to scale up in other rural areas of Vietnam.


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Day 1:
Start - Installation of the kiosk
Day 2:
Kiosk installation
Day 3: Kiosk installation – from left to right: local labour, Director of Provincial Centre for Rural Water, Paul Smith AWA, Chieng Mai commune leader, An Nguyen AWA, Larry James SkyJuice, local labour
Day 4: Water Tower at Chieng Mai Primary School
Day 4: SkyJuice provides training for operators of the water tower at Chieng Mai Primary School
Day 4: SkyJuice provides training for operators of the water kiosk at Chieng Mai Community Hall
Day 4: Completion of the training at Chieng Mai Community Hall
Day 5: Ribbon cutting of the water kiosks – from left to right: Larry James SkyJuice, Paul Smith AWA, Vice Chairman of Provincial People’s Committee, Andrew Shepherd from Australian Embassy in Hanoi, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chieng Mai commune leader.
Day 5: Paul Smith, Larry James and school children drinking water from the water tower after the launch
Day 5: Larry James from SkyJuice demonstrating operation and maintenance of water filter.
Day 5: Larry James from SkyJuice demonstrating small water filters
Day 5: Visiting the water kiosk at Chieng Mai Community Hall after the launch