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Can Tho (VNA) – The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has pledged to support the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to carry out a waste water treatment project in the locality.

A delegation from the CDIA and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) bank held a working session with the city’s officials on April 20 to discuss the implementation of the 30,000 cu.m. per day waste water treatment project which is expected to be put into operation this year.

Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thi Hong Anh said rapid urbanization in the locality has resulted in several corollaries including natural water pollution due to the discharge of untreated wastewater into the city’s river system.

She said the city badly needs investment as well as experts to support the city in drainage management and wastewater treatment.

ADB’s urban development specialist Hubert Jenny said the bank will replace the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) to provide financial support for the project under the form of commercial loan scheme.

He added the CDIA will also send experts in the field to provide technical support throughout the project’s building and operation.

The specialist noted that the city should focus on increasing public awareness of wastewater treatment while introducing supporting policies for local households to access the project.-VNA