A waste water treatment plant with a capacity of 17,650 cubic metres per day opened in the southern province of Binh Duong on May 31.

The plant, the first of its kind in the province, is financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Binh Duong Water Supply Sewerage Environment Co Ltd (BIWASE) is in charge of its operation.

The first phase of the project was funded with a loan of 7.77 billion JPY (77 million USD) from JICA.

JICA will also provide more than 19.9 billion JPY (197.95 million USD) for the second phase, in which a sewer network in Thu Dau Mot city will be expanded and a waste water treatment plant will be built in Thuan An town.

Most household and industrial waste water in the province is discharged directly into the environment without first being treated properly.

The plant is expected to help protect the Sai Gon and Dong Nai rivers, which provide Ho Chi Minh City with most of its water.-VNA