Where there was once a polluted canal that posed a health risk to everyone living near it, a clean waterway flows today with a sewer system that helps to reduce flooding and collects wastewater safely.
Begun in 2002, the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation project was designed to address these issues and revive the waterway for a greener and healthier urban living environment. This involved the construction of a sewer interceptor under the canal, 8 kilometers long and 3 meters in diameter, to improve the canal’s drainage capacity, as well as strengthening of the canal’s embankments and installing over 60 kilometers of sewer lines. It is just one of several projects that the World Bank is supporting to improve the lives of people in this rapidly expanding metropolis.
"The project has important impacts to comprehensively and sustainably develop Ho Chi Minh City,” said Mayor Le Hoang Quan. “It has significantly reduced flooding and pollution, bringing a better living environment for over 1.2 million people in the 7 districts where the canal runs through.”
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