December 25, 2015
On December 21, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to provide grant aid of up to 1.11 billion yen for assistance for the Project for Water Quality Improvement for Japanese Bridge Area in Hoi An City.
Because the pollution load due to untreated wastewater is a priority issue in Hoi An City, which is designated as a World Heritage Site, this project will build sewage treatment facilities and repair waterways.
Although Vietnam is undergoing rapid economic growth and urbanization, the sewerage infrastructure lags behind. A growing volume of domestic, commercial and industrial wastewater is being released untreated into the city’s rivers, which is adversely affecting the environment. A city located in central Vietnam, Hoi An City was a prominent international trade port from the middle of the sixteenth century to the seventeenth century. It is known that there was a Japantown there, and Hoi An Ancient Town is a registered World Heritage Site. Japanese Bridge, which crosses a canal flowing through the center of the city, is a popular sightseeing spot, drawing 1.4 million visitors each year as a symbol of the friendship between Japan and Vietnam. Immediately below the bridge, the waterway receives a pollution load in the form of untreated wastewater, and the river water is significantly lower than the water standards for the country, creating problems such a blight on the view and an odor. There are therefore concerns that this water pollution will have a negative impact on sightseeing, a major industry in Hoi An City.
This project will improve the water quality in the Japanese Bridge area, thereby improving the living environment and sanitation in the city, and making the city more attractive for sightseeing.
A designer’s depiction of the sewage treatment facilities