15th National Assembly deputies attended Due Diligence Conference on Water Security and Dams, Reservoirs Safety Project

In the morning of September 9, 2021, The Due Diligence Conference for The Water Security and Dams, Reservoirs Safety Project for the 2021 – 2030 period, with a vision to 2045 took place with the participation and direction of the National Assembly’s Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Hai.

As per request of the deputies, the project should focus on issues. These are ensuring national water security and approaching international management methods based on pillars such as: natural law obedience, water resources to be the core to formulate socio-economic development plannings, sector planning with water exploitation and use, strategies formulation to contribute to people’s living standards and the environment improvement.

Overview of the conference

Delegates also agreed with the Government’s report, however, there were suggestions to focus on the policy of water security management and safety of dams and reservoirs in the direction of integrated management and water contamination prevention, application of advanced science and technology to the protection and development and management of water sources, as well as reviewing to ensure the feasibility of project’s goals.

At the conference, Mr. Nguyen Quang Huan, deputy of the National Assembly, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association for Safe Water and Environment, Chairman of Halcom Vietnam JSC expressed concern about the goal of the project.  The project stated that 50 % of total urban domestic wastewater will be collected and treated following the environmental technical regulations, of which at least 20% of wastewater after treatment will be reused. According to a report of the Ministry of Construction, since 1995, we have only treated 12.5% ​​of urban wastewater. Thus, in the next 10 years, we have to treat 37.5% more of urban wastewater. According to a World Bank report, our urban wastewater treatment consumes an amount of $2.7 billion per year. If this demand is met in the next 10 years, the investment figure will fall to about VND 635,000 billion and exceed the budget figure in the scheme.

Mr. Nguyen Quang Huan expressed his opinion regarding the goal of the project

Other than that, deputies also discussed and gave recommendations to various aspects of the project.

After receiving comments from representatives and deputies, the Organizing Committee said that they would sent report to the Government to review the set data. Vice Chairman of the National Assembly, Mr. Nguyen Duc Hai suggested that this should be done urgently and cautiously while following all related regulations and laws.

Established in 2001, after 20 years of establishment and development with two name changes, Halcom Vietnam Joint Stock Company (Halcom) has gradually affirmed its position and role in the field, respectively Consulting for Infrastructure Development – ​​Urban – Poverty Alleviation and Renewable Energy Investment. For the water supply sector, with the plan to reach 50,000m3/day by 2025, Halcom is currently implementing two projects Thuan Thanh Water – Bac Ninh province (increasing plant capacity from 5,000 to 12,000m3/day) and Nhon Hoi Water – Binh Dinh province (total capacity by 2030 will be 50,000m3/day). In addition, in the field of drainage, Halcom has been cooperating with international partners in research to boldly transfer and apply new technologies to projects, contributing to the completion of projects and plans to reduce and treat wastewater by the Government