A delegation from the Phu Tho Water Supply Company in Vietnam recently visited Coliban Water as part of a twinning program.
The twinning program was facilitated by the Australian Water Association in conjunction with the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association.
Coliban Water’s water quality, performance and regulation general manager David Sheehan said he was delighted and honoured to welcome the company’s chairman and one of his deputies to Bendigo.
‘‘The purpose of the twinning program is to share knowledge and experience between the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors,’’ Mr Sheehan said.
‘‘Australian water corporations are well placed to support water utilities in Vietnam in their delivery of safe and reliable water and wastewater services.’’
Coliban Water is one of five Australian water corporations involved in the program. Themes for visits include leak detection, asset management and drinking water quality risk management.
‘‘The opportunity to explore different techniques and perspectives on water management can help improve drinking water quality, which is a key part of reducing poverty and disease, and improving economic development,’’ Mr Sheehan said.
‘‘We are also confident that we can learn new ways of doing things from our Vietnam counterparts.’’
Phu Tho Water Supply Company is based in Viet Tri City, about 90km north-west of the capital, Hanoi.
The program is funded through the Australian Water Partnership, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative to support public and private sector expertise in South-East Asia.