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Cleantech company got the inhabitants of Northern Vietnam committed to new water systems

Econet participated to a project of Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Vietnam, in which 22 water systems and 19 wastewater systems overall were built to small cities of Northern Vietnam. To ensure the sustainability of the project, Econet approached the subject in a new way, instead of traditional educational work. Econet invested in surveys, improving the service culture, and increasing the transparency of the plants’ actions.

The future of the cities looks good thanks to the new approach.

- Thanks to the surveys, we got constantly information about the attitudes and opinions of the inhabitants. By using the information, we were able to change the habits of the inhabitants, and make them committed to maintaining the infrastructures and service systems created during the project, tells the communications advisor of Econet’s Vietnam’s project Riikka Seppälä.

Econet’s role was also Finnish consultancy work, and educating. Econet educated the local workers of the water plants to use and maintain the plants, and measure the quality of water, which increased the transparency of the work. By working in transparent way, the inhabitants started trusting the quality and price of water.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs supported the project with 2,5 million euros overall. The project began in 2004 and is about to end now. Econet participated to the third part of the project, which started in 2013.

Thanks to the new water systems and the commitment of the inhabitants, the amount of waterborne diseases decreased significantly. For example, the amount of typhoid fever decreased 87 percents, and diarrhea 84 percents.

Further information for the media:

Matti Leppäniemi, Econet Ltd., tel.+358 (0)40 553 3001, matti.leppaniemi(a)econetgroup.fi

Econet Group is a water and environment technology service company. The Group includes Econet Ltd, Dewaco Ltd and Oy Slamex Ab. Helsinki-based Econet designs and offers solutions for clean water and environment globally. Laitila-based Dewaco, in turn, is specialised in sludge thickening, dewatering and sludge removal. Lahti-based Slamex designs and manufactures equipment for treatment of water and wastewater. The Group’s turnover amounts to about EUR 22 million.

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