|HCM City and Bình Dương Province plan to increase collaboration to treat pollution in Ba Bò Canal. — Photo baomoi.com|Viet Nam News
BÌNH DƯƠNG — HCM City and Bình Dương Province People’s Committee have agreed to collaborate on treating pollution at Ba Bò Canal during the 2017-18.
HCM City and Bình Dương Province have spent more than VNĐ1 trillion (US$44 million) on anti-flooding projects but have not emphasised pollution treatment at Ba Bò Canal.
Nguyễn Hồng Nguyên, deputy director of the Bình Dương Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, explained that urban wastewater discharged from the Dĩ An and Thuận An communes and nearby factories has polluted Ba Bò Canal.
To effectively clean the canal and its nearby areas, it is important for relevant authorities to coordinate.
Between 2017 and 2018, Bình Dương will increase monitoring at Sóng Thần Industrial Zone I and II, impose strict penalties on misconduct and improve water drainage systems at household areas.
Meanwhile, HCM City will officially run the wastewater treatment plant at Ba Bò Canal, regularly monitor its water quality and share collected information with Bình Dương Province.
Ba Bò Canal is one of the main drainage channels of Thủ Đức District’s Bình Chiểu and Linh Trung wards in HCM City and Hoà Bình, Tân Đông Hiệp and Dĩ An wards in Bình Dương Province.
As of July 2017, its water quality had not significantly improved. The amount of ammonium salt was 11.6 to 19.4 times higher compared to standard. — VNS