The Mekong Delta City of Can Tho is implementing a number of water supply projects in a bid to raise total water supply capacity to 491,606 cu.m a day by 2020 in accordance with the Government’s approved plan in the 2015-2020 period.

By then local water plants are expected to meet 100 percent of demand for production and daily life of people in the nine districts of Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon, Thot Not, Phong Dien, Co Do, Vinh Thanh and Thoi Lai.

The projects, implemented by the Can Tho Water Supply and Drainage Company Ltd, include the upgrade of existing plants and construction of some new facilities from now to 2017.

After 2017, the locality will build a water plant with a capacity of 500,000 cu.m in its first period, which will mainly serve industrial production.

The municipal Centre of Rural Environmental Sanitation and Clean Water Centre has also spent 513 billion VND on improving hygienic water supply in rural areas, with a target of bringing hygienic water to 99 percent of the local rural population in 2015.

According to the set plan, the centre will build 72 new water-supply stations, while upgrading 168 existing ones, installing 234 water-distribution pipes, and drilling 1,000 water-wells.

At the same time, drainage systems will be built for new urban area, while those in old areas will be upgraded and sewer pipes will be installed for collecting wastewater for treatment.

The city plans to put into operation a wastewater treatment plant in Tra Noc Industrial Park at the end of the first quarter, and the first phase of another one in Thot Not Industrial Park, which have capacities of 12,000 cu.m, and 5,000 cu.m a day, respectively.

Four more wastewater treatment plants with a total capacity of 200,000 cu.m a day will be built in the 2016-2020 period, which will be able to treat all industrial and daily waste water discharged by the city.-VNA