Borikhamxay provincial authority last week opened a new water treatment plant in Thong village, Pakxan district. The plant supplies 1,000m3 of drinking water per day, equivalent to the needs of 6,600 people, with the water sourced from the Nam Ngiep River. The plant was built as one of the Japanese Economic Assistance projects of the Japan International Cooperation Agency under a proposal by Team Tohkemy (consisting of Tohkemy Corporation as a representative, Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. as a consultant, and Lapon Company Limited as a local partner). It purifies highly turbid local river water to a level that meets the Japanese Drinking Water Standard. The project was initiated by an agreement in May 2015 between the Department of Housing and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and JICA.