The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Monday broke ground on a US$ 4.5 million project to provide clean water to residents in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Funding for the project comes from the South Korean government's non-refundable aid.
The project will build water supply facilities to benefit more than 80,000 residents, including ethnic minority people, in Dak Lak's Buon Ho Town.
Only 30 percent of residents in the drought-prone town have access to clean water; the rest get their water supplies from wells, rivers and lakes.
"Safe water is the foundation for economic development. I hope that the project will contribute to socio-economic development and minimize the impact of climate change for the local people," said Han Choong Sik, KOICA vice president, at the ground-breaking ceremony.