Engineering consultants support Ho Chi Minh City water upgrade

04 August 2017 3 min. read

To improve the water waste infrastructure of Ho Chi Minh City, the Ria Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development Company, supported by finances from Dutch Government's Facility for Infrastructure Development, will create a new water treatment plant in the city. Royal HaskoningDHV has been hired for around €9.5 million, to provide consultancy services to the project, which will eventually provide around 175,000 people with improved sanitation.

The Ria Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development Company (BUSADCO), is a Vietnam-based company, completely owned by the state. The company has various aims, largely to improve the quality of life for the country’s residents by water related research, planning and infrastructure deployment, while specialised in water supply, drainage and environmental sanitation.

One of the major difficulties faced by Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sigon), is chronic poor sanitation. The city has for the longest time battled poor quality / a lack of sewage treatment, which has resulted in dumping in the main Nhà Bè River – making it one of the world’s more polluted waterways.

Royal HaskoningDHV support water waste improvement project in Vietnam

In a bid to reduce the impact of poor sanitation on the residents of Ho Chi Minh City and to improve the quality of the Nhà Bè River, BUSADCO developed plans to create a sewage system that is able to deal with the waste of up to 175,000 properties of the Phu My New Urban Area in the city. The new treatment plant, which is focused on both residential and industrial water waste, will have a capacity of 30,000 m3/day, leveraging a cost effective, reliable and highly efficient system.

The project is being financed by the Dutch Government, as part of the country’s wider global social development initiatives, under the Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO programme). To provide technical advisory services to the project, Royal HaskoningDHV, an engineering consulting firm currently involved in a number of other water technology projects including several in Indonesia, signed a €9.5 million contract with BUSADCO. The consulting firm will, among others, provide expertise in the area of Carrousel technology, which is used in the wider design of the project.

Work on the project will involve, among others, the construction of four pump stations, and around 100 kilometres of piping to connect 15,000 household and 1,000 SMEs. The firm’s experts will provide a range of services to BUSADCO, throughout the operation and maintenance phase, in addition, providing technical assistance and staff training. The completion date set for the project is the end of 2019.

The project is part of a wider investment by the ORIO funded Dutch Government investments in infrastructure in Vietnam, with around 400,000 served by the new infrastructure. Royal HaskoningDHV has taken part in all of the projects to date. The consultancy firm is active in around 10 projects across the country, including a World Bank water treatment project, also in Ho Chi Minh City.