Officials of the People's Committee of the southern province of Dong Nai had a working session with a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on June 4 to discuss the implementation of a project to assess the quality of water environment in the Dong Nai river basin.

According to Chief Representative of JICA Mutsuya Mori, the assessment of water quality aims to help establish a scientific database for provinces and cities across the river basin, thus contributing actively to water resource protection and socio-economic development.

He also suggested the province establish a working team with the participation of representatives from provinces and cities across the Dong Nai river basin to address obstacles faced while implementing the project. For his part, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Quoc Thai pledged that the province and relevant agencies will offer their utmost support.

A representative from the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment said 190,000 cubic metres of household waste water and nearly 140,000 cubic metres of industrial waste water are poured into the Dong Nai river every day.

Dong Nai has carried out the first phase of the project building waste water treatment system in Bien Hoa city with a daily capacity of 9,000 cubic metres.

The province is also working closely with neighbouring provinces to increase the role of State agency management in water and mineral resources as well as protecting the water environment in the Dong Nai River basin.-VNA