|The HCM City is considering borrowing nearly US$900 million from the Asian Development Bank for building four new wastewater treatment plants. — Photo vnexpress.net
HCM CITY (VNS) — The municipal administration is considering borrowing nearly US$900 million from the Asian Development Bank for building four new wastewater treatment plants.
A proposal made by the city's Department of Planning and Investment says the loan application should be made for the 2016-2020 period.
The loan will cover around 90.3 per cent of the plants' cost. Construction of the plants, which will be able to handle a total of 800,500 cubic meters of wastewater per day, are expected to be completed in the next five years.
On the anvil are: Tay Sai Gon Plant (daily capacity: 150,000 m3), Bac Sai Gon 1 (170,000 m3), Binh Tan (180,000m3) and the Tan Hoa – Lo Gom (300,000m3).
The municipal administration has said it would work with concerned agencies on accurate calculation of project costs before submitting an official application with the ADB.
Currently, HCM City has just two wastewater treatment facilities in operation – Binh Hung and Binh Hung Hoa – that have daily processing capacities of 141,000 m3 and 30,000 m3 respectively. However, the city discharges some two million cubic meters of wastewater a day.
Therefore, treated wastewater now accounts for a mere 13.2 per cent of the total discharge. Under a Government plan, the city will calling for investment in 12 plants to treat three million cubic metres of wastewater per day. Most of these would be situated near major canals – Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, Tau Hu-Ben Nghe, Tan Hoa-Lo Gom, and Tham Luong-Ben Cat. — VNS