Updated : 02/25/2017 15:00 GMT + 7
The Ho Chi Minh City administration on Friday kick-started the second stage of a World Bank-sponsored project aimed to improve the city’s environmental sanitation in District 2.
The Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project is intended to improve wastewater services in a sustainable manner in selected areas of Ho Chi Minh City and increase awareness on sanitation, according to the World Bank.
The key component of the project is the construction of a large interceptor that will convey the wastewater, currently discharged on the east side of the Saigon River without treatment, to the wastewater treatment plant that will be constructed under the project.
Sewer interceptors are structures that receive the wastewater from trunk sewers and convey it to a water quality treatment center.
The interceptor in this project will be 7.9km long with a 3.2 meter diameter.
The wastewater treatment plant, to be built in District 2’s Thanh My Loi Ward, will treat the wastewater collected in the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe basin and in the District 2 areas with a capacity of 480,000 cubic meters a day.
Once completed, the second environmental sanitation project will benefit residents in District 1, 2 and 3, and Binh Thanh, Tan Binh and Phu Nhuan Districts, according to Vuong Hai Long, head of the project management unit.
The sewerage in District 2 will complement the larger flood protection measures for Ho Chi Minh City which are being planned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to the World Bank.
The project costs a total of US$524 million, $450 of which is funded by World Bank loans.
Speaking at the project launching ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City deputy chairman Le Van Khoa underlined the importance of the project in improving the southern metropolis’ environmental sanitation, restoring the ecosystem of Saigon River and contributing to the city’s eco-social development.
Khoa admitted that the city is currently able to treat only 13.2 percent of the total wastewater discharged to the environment.
The ratio could only be increased to 80 percent by 2020, when more wastewater treatment plants are commissioned.
A World Bank said at Friday’s ceremony that the institution has been actively supporting Ho Chi Minh City’s environmental improvement effort in the last 20 years.
World Bank’s First Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project has effectively upgraded the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe catchment area and canal through the construction of over 70 kilometers of sewers, eight kilometers of sewer interceptor, installation of a pumping station, and dredging and improving the embankments of the canal for improved drainage capacity.
The result has been reduced flooding and the centralized collection of wastewater for more than 1.2 million people in the catchment area, according to the World Bank.