A dozen water supply and wastewater treatment plants are scheduled to be built in the Mekong Delta region before 2020 to improve water supply and wastewater-treatment capacity across the region.

The plans were discussed at a meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Construction on building the regional plant system, held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on January 28.

Vo Thi Hong Anh, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee, said the Government plans to build three water supply plants with a combined daily capacity of 4.2 million cubic metres between 2015 and 2020.

The Song Hau 1 plant, to be built in Can Tho, is intended to have a full daily capacity of 1,000,000 cubic metres, supplying water to Can Tho city, neighbouring province Soc Trang, and communities along the western banks of the Hau River. Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces would also within the reach of the plant.

The Song Hau 2 plant, planned in Chau Thanh district in An Giang province and with a full daily capacity of 2,000,000 cubic metres, will pump water to Can Tho and An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau and Hau Giang provinces.

The Song Hau 3 plant in Chau Doc town, An Giang, will be able to supply 500,000 cubic metres daily for residents in An Giang and Kien Giang.

Wastewater treatment plants are also scheduled to be constructed during the same period; Can Tho looks to build four plants with a combined capacity of 86,000 cubic metres per day.

Long Xuyen city in An Giang, Rach Gia city in Kien Giang and Ca Mau city in Ca Mau will each build three wastewater treatment plants capable of treating a combined 34,500 cubic metres per day in Long Xuyen, 33,000 cubic metres per day in Rach Gia, and 34,500 cubic metres per day in Ca Mau.

Simultaneously, the provinces in the region will upgrade existing wastewater treatment plants, contributing to minimising environmental pollution and limiting rain flooding to ensure stable and sustainable socio-economic development in the region.-VNA