|M Gandhi, managing director of UBM Asia at the event|
Vietwater Conference took place on August 10, 2017, as part of the Vietwater 2017 exhibition and forum with the theme of improving the quality of water supply and sanitation services through innovation, upgraded technologies and effective utility management, which will be organised by UBM Asia on November 8-10, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the conference, Nguyen Hong Tien, project director of Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA), told VIR that the potential of the Vietnamese water sector is huge, riding on the demand of 9.6 million cubic metres per day by 2020.
“Currently, Vietnam only meets about 8.5 million cubic metres ofthis, therefore, investments will be important for the water sector, especially in technology as well as infrastructure for processing and the operation of water supply and drainage,” Tien said.
He added that Vietnam should invest in and upgrade to modern water treatment technology as well as environmentally friendly, energy-saving, and adapt to climate change to study and apply new technologies to prevent water quality degradation and salt intrusion.
Additionally, Vietnam should also apply technology and smart devices in the management as well as operation of water supply systems, along with building control and monitoring central systems in order to manage the quality and water sources, water treatment, pipelines, and equipment.
According to Vo Duy Quy, deputy general director of Vucico Vietnam, the country should further control the discharge of wastewater, and then build more water treatment facilities in order to minimise chemicals in wastewater.
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