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Can Tho (VNA) – Belgium will boost cooperation with the Mekong Delta in water purification and sewage treatment in the foreseeable future, Belgian Ambassador Jehanne Roccas told authorities of Can Tho city on March 30.

Roccas said that on the back of the Can Tho – Belgium ties over the past 43 years, via linkages between Can Tho University and Ghent University, Belgium is sending experts to Vietnam to develop the waste and wastewater treatment sectors.

The project will help repair and upgrade sewage pits and wastewater collection systems running from residential areas to waste treatment stations to mitigate environment pollution.

Once built, wastewater treatment stations will discharge standard treated water into rivers and lakes.

The project will learn from lessons in a similar model costing 439 billion VND (19.9 million USD) in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, of which 252 billion VND (11.4 million USD) is official development assistance provided by the Belgian government.

Meanwhile, in the context of the current serious drought and saltwater intrusion, Belgium will help the Mekong Delta with research and projects in water purification.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong expressed his trust in the feasibility of the project, adding that the locality will do its best to help with site clearance and administrative procedures.

He also hoped that the ambassador will push forward bilateral ties across education and health care.-VNA