The Tu Son wastewater treatment plant has become operational in northern Bac Ninh province after its construction was completed in 18 months, six months ahead of schedule.
The plant is expected to help treat wastewater from the Tu Son town's inner area of about 1,890ha, comprising six wards – Dong Ngan, Dinh Bang, Dong Nguyen and Tan Hong, besides Trang Ha and Chau Khe -- that are home to about 100,000 people.
It can treat up to 33,000cu.m of wastewater per day and night during its first phase, and up to 70,000cu.m in the second phase.
The plant uses the best modern technology, using about 150sq.m to treat 1,000cu.m per day, while other plants in Vietnam need between 450sq.m to 3,000sq.m to deal with the same amount of wastewater.
The plant is part of a project to improve the town's wastewater treatment system. The project also includes a 40km-long wastewater collection system and more than 1,000 combined sewer overflows.
The VND800-billion (US$35.6 million) project's first phase has been built under a build-transfer contract by the Phu Dien Construction, Investment and Trading Joint Stocks Company and the SFC Vietnam Environment Investment and Development Joints Stock Company.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said at the inaugural ceremony on September 6 that environmental protection was an important criterion for rating the development of a locality.
He applauded Bac Ninh province for developing models to attract the private sector to environment projects.
Chairman of the province's People's Committee Nguyen Tu Quynh said the wastewater project was useful to Tu Son town, especially for urban drainage and wastewater treatment in trading villages.