The capital city of Hanoi will set up concentrated wastewater treatment systems at its 16 industrial clusters during the 2014-2015 period.

Under the project, which has been recently approved by the Hanoi People’s Committee, the first seven clusters with such wastewater treatment systems are scheduled to run in 2014.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment is partnering with other departments, branches, agencies, districts and organisations to accelerate communications campaigns to raise public awareness of industrial pollution management.

In the short-term, the city will form a network of communications workers covering industrial pollution management and establish models of environmental protection with the participation of residents and workers at craft villages and industrial areas.

Hanoi, at present, houses 47 industrial clusters, of which only seven has concentrated wastewater treatment systems.

More than 90 percent of wastewater volume in Vietnam has not yet been treated so far, causing serious environmental pollution, experts said.

The nation targets to treat over 80 percent of its total wastewater volume by 2025.-VNA