Water in the city is of poor quality, said Nguyen Van Hong, deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ho Chi Minh City at a seminar on Tuesday.
|Water quality in the city is not up to the mark, said Nguyen Van Hong, deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: U. Phuong)|
The seminar was organized by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). A delegation of eight Australian companies will visit Ho Chi Minh City from October 19 to 23, to explore opportunities in the Vietnamese water sector, including in water management, sanitation and infrastructure.
The business trip is part of the Develop Water in Vietnam 2011 mission organized by Austrade.
Hong said that people in the city are using water from the Dong Nai River which is heavily polluted. Groundwater has become overexploited in some industrial parks and in residential quarters, resulting in a drop in the water table and higher risk of salination.
Loss of fresh water in the city exceeds more than 30 percent. Most of the waste water is discharged along with rain water without being treated as the city has only one waste treatment plant in district Binh Chanh.
Although the city has appealed to foreign and local investors in the water sector, only Japanese investors have poured capital in this field, said Hong.
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