|Chairman of the Hà Nội People's Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung awards the certificate of outstanding work in the celebration of 65 years of Hà Nội's Liberation Day to Đuống River Surface Water's chairman. — VNS Photo Phương Thảo|
HÀ NỘI — The first phase of the Đuống river surface water treatment plant was inaugurated on Thursday in Hà Nội with a capacity of 300,000cu.m per day.
The project is in line with the master plan for Hà Nội’s Water Supply System to 2030.
This is a regional-scale clean water plant with a total area of 65ha. The investment in the first phase costs around VNĐ5 trillion (US$225 million), with two periods – the first period was inaugurated on October 10, 2018 with a capacity of 150,000cu.m per day. The second has a capacity of 300,000cu.m per day, ensuring sufficient supply of clean water for about three million people, accounting for a third of Hà Nội's population and some nearby localities such as Bắc Ninh, Hưng Yên and gradually replace groundwater sources at high risk of pollution.
Following this period, the project will develop and expand to reach 600,000cu.m per day by 2023, 900,000cu.m per day by 2030, and 1.2 million cu.m per day after 2030.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Chairman of Hà Nội People's Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung appreciated the efforts of the capital city’s departments and agencies, People's Committee of Gia Lâm District, especially Aquaone Group and the Đuống River Surface Water Joint Stock Company on completing the project 16 months ahead of schedule, pioneering investment in the most advanced water treatment technology to ensure the quality of clean water.
Chung also proposed the People's Committee of Sơn Tây District further raise awareness of people in each commune and village of benefits of using clean water for public health and sustainable development.
He suggested reviewing and developing a roadmap to gradually stop groundwater exploitation to ensure people can use clean water sources.
Đỗ Thị Kim Liên, chairman of Đuống River Surface Water Joint Stock Company, said the aim and aspiration of Đuống river surface water treatment plant is to bring clean drinking water to all water-scarce areas of the capital and neighbouring provinces.
“If the People's Committee of Hà Nội and other provinces order, every 12 months, we can provide an additional 150,000cu.m of clean water per day and night, to continue spreading the source of life and human values to the community,” Liên said.
The project is also awarded the certificate of outstanding work in the celebration of 65 years of Hà Nội's Liberation Day. — VNS