|A wastewater treatment plant in the southern province of Dong Nai's Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone. Seventeen industrial wastewater treatment plants with a total capacity of nearly 240,000 cubic metres per day are set to be built in the Mekong Delta's economic zone by 2020.— VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam
HCM CITY (VNS)— Seventeen industrial waste water-treatment plants will be built by the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Economic Zone until 2020.
According to the region's master plan, the plants will be located in the provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau and Can Tho City.
They will have a total capacity of 239,720 cubic metres a day.
To build the plants, the three provinces and one city would apply state-of-the-art technologies that help save power and could be upgraded in the future.
Of 17 plants, 11 will be built in Can Tho City with a total capacity of 197,600 cu.m per day.
The others include one in An Giang Province's Long Xuyen City, with a capacity of 12,800 cu.m per day; another in Kien Giang Province's Rach Gia City, with 11,200 cu.m per day; and four in southernmost Ca Mau Province, with 18,120 cu.m per day.
Funds for the construction would be mobilised from domestic and overseas sources, mostly from Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Can Tho is building an industrial waste water-treatment plant in Tra Noc Industrial Park with a total capacity of 12,000 cu.m per day.
The plant, which meets national standards, will be completed by the end of next year.
In mid-August this year, Can Tho also put into operation the first phase of the Thot Not industrial waste water-treatment plant at Thot Not Industrial Park with a capacity of 2,500 cu.m per day.
The second phase will be completed by the end of next year, bringing a total capacity of 5,000 cu.m per day.
It is estimated that a total daily volume of industrial waste water in the Mekong Delta discharged into the environment would reach 369,000 cu.m by 2020. Construction of these plants would help reduce environmental pollution and contribute to sustainable socio-economic development of the region.
More than 90 per cent of the total volume of waste water in Viet Nam is untreated, causing severe pollution, experts have said.
The country has targeted treating more than 80 per cent of its total waste water by 2025. — VNS