Ho Chi Minh City and t he Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) began work on the upgrade of a sewage treatment factory in Binh Chanh district on February 7.

The project has a total investment of 2.8 trillion VND (133 million USD), including the construction of a sewage treatment area, mud treatment zone and electrical supply system.

Under the project, the Binh Hung sewage treatment factory’s capacity will increase almost three times, from the current 141,000 cu.m per day and night to 469,000 cu.m, ensuring the treatment of waste water discharged from districts 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 and reducing water pollution in the Tau Hu-Ben Nghe canal.

Construction is expected to take 54 months.

According to Deputy Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin, this project has the largest scale and is the most important of the five construction projects to upgrade the city’s water environment.

Once the five projects are completed, all waste water previously discharged into the Tau Hu- Ben Nghe canal will be collected and treated and the canal will be dredged, meeting requirments in drainage, flood prevention and water transportation.-VNA