|Illustrative photo. Only two out of 28 industrial complexes in northern province of Thái Bình have wastewater treatment systems
There are 51 companies in Phong Phu Industrial Complex in Thai Binh city but only 38 of them have wastewater collected and treated at the wastewater treatment plant located in Nguyen Duc Canh Industrial Zone.
The other wastewater treatment system is for Thai Phuong Trade Village Industrial Complex in Hung Ha district. The system was designed in 2013 to deal with 800cu.m of wastewater per day, however it has not been operational yet because the rules for the system operation have not been completed.
This means almost all producers, traders and service providers in industrial complexes in the province discharge and treat wastewater by themselves.
Some have speculated that they hesitate to release wastewater into concentrated wastewater treatment systems to avoid calculating the volume of discharge, which is used to determine environmental taxes.
Meanwhile, since 2014, the People’s Committee of Thai Binh province has offered incentives to attract investors to wastewater treatment projects in industrial complexes and zones.
The province offers to pay for half of the cost of such projects, to a maximum of VND17 billion (US$737,000), depending on the size of the facility.
Investors who get loans for the investment will be assisted 50% of interest rate for two years but the assistance must be less than VND3 billion.
According to provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, it recommended districts, Thai Binh city and the provincial People’s Committee offer more incentives to attract investors.
The province plans to have 50 industrial complexes by 2020.