February 29, 2016
A designer’s depiction of the completed An Duong water treatment plant
On February 26, 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 2.196 billion yen for assistance for the Project for Improving An Duong Water Treatment Plant in Hai Phong City.
This project will install Upward Biological Contact Filtration (U-BCF) and related equipment at the An Duong water treatment plant in Hai Phong City, the third most populous city in Vietnam, with the objective of improving the capacity to treat water.
In Vietnam’s ninth Five-Year Plan for Socio-Economic Development (2011–2015), the Government of Vietnam has prioritized the urban water supply and sewerage infrastructure toward achieving the development objective of sustainable development with high growth. This project will support solutions to these priorities and sustainable growth in Vietnam.
Hai Phong City is one of Vietnam’s most prominent port cities and has a water supply rate higher than 90 percent. However, the inflow of household wastewater into the Re River, which is the water source for the An Duong water treatment plant (the largest of seven water treatment plants in the city), results in pollution of the river’s raw water. To counteract this, large amounts of flocculants (clarifying agents) and chlorine are used, which cause problems in the water treatment process.
This project stabilize operation of the An Duong water treatment plant and reduce the amount of chlorine used, thereby contributing to the supply of safe drinking water to city residents.