Services provided by SNV’s Inclusive Business: Testing & piloting products

Business description: Holland Water Supply Company Limited (HOWACO) is a local private water supply company (WSC) in Vietnam. The company was established in 2005 with our first water treatment plant (WTP) in Truong Binh commune, Can Giuoc Dist., Long An Province. This milestone was quite unique for a private company among a Government controlled drinking water sector.

Now, Howaco operates the 2 WTP’s Tan Kim and Truong Binh with the total capacity of 6.000 m3/day. The company serves 24/7 save and affordable drinking water to 27.000 people and 3 industrial zones. Creating clean water access for the community improved healthcare and helped the economic growth.

Both WTP’s are designed according to Dutch efficient green ground water treatment technology.

Inclusiveness:We involve low-income groups as consumers.

Many people in peri-urban/suburban and rural areas in Vietnam remain lacking access to a sustainable source of drinkable tap water. Local people have instead been using saline water that is often contaminated with chemicals discharged from factories in surrounding areas. They are forced to choose between paying high prices for clean water supplied by vendors from other provinces, or using untreated surface or underground water with serious health risks.

In 2015, with the support of VBCF program, the Company has increased its capacity to 5900 m³/day, supplying clean water to more than 5,000 customers and industrial parks in the region.