City learns U.S. model to control pollution of Saigon River

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“This is the first time the city applies the approach of EPA for controlling pollution of the Saigon River, and this model could be applied for other river basins in Vietnam,” Triet told the Daily on the sidelines of a seminar on measures to fight pollution of the Saigon River that was held here yesterday.

At the moment, his institute is making a master project of seeking feasible solutions to protect the water source of the river so as to ensure crude water supply for the whole city in the future.

He said with this master project, the institute suggested HCMC, Binh Duong and Tay Ninh provinces to carry out 13 priority projects to quickly control the river’s pollution between now and 2015. The project has total implementing budget of over VND17 trillion, or some US$820 million.

The Saigon River has been severely polluted by receiving huge amounts of untreated industrial and household wastewater each day.

At the moment, HCMC alone discharges over one million cubic meters of household wastewater into the river each day. Furthermore, Binh Duong is also discharging 41,500 cubic meters of urban wastewater and another amount of over 40,000 cubic meters of industrial wastewater each day.

Le Viet Thang, a scientist of the institute, told the seminar that a recent research had discovered that over 80% of the household wastewater along the river basin was still untreated, all flowing into the Saigon River.

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