Clean water is a precious and limited resource. Therefore, everyone needs to understand the importance of using clean water sources wisely and protecting them. At this time, as environmental and water issues worsen and directly impact people's lives, cities and authorities worldwide have implemented urgent initiatives and steps to safeguard clean water sources.
1. Singapore - Water Refineries
Singapore is recognized as a global leader in water treatment technology. The National Water Authority of Singapore (PUB) has been issuing a Water Master Plan since 1972, offering a diverse portfolio of water resources.
There are four sources of clean water supply "four national faucets” in Singapore, including water imported from Malaysia, rainwater, purified water filtered from wastewater (Newater), and filtered from seawater.
In May 2010, Singapore opened the largest and most modern plant for the purification of used water. Specifically, bottled water labeled NEWater (new water), produced by flushing water from the toilet or water used in the kitchen, is discharged through a series of membrane systems that remove impurities to produce the final product. . In this way, Singapore has saved a huge amount of water and become self-sufficient in the use and protection of clean water.
2. Japan - Collaboration between public and private sectors
Based on technologies and expertise developed in its Social Innovation Business, Japan has created an environmental project of digital technology-based creative collaboration between the public sector and private enterprises.
With a forward-looking vision, Hakodate city (Hokkaido) has proposed environmental projects based on the "Design Build Operate" (DBO) model. In these projects, construction work is carried out by the public sector, while operational activities are carried out by the private sector.
In March 2019, these projects were implemented by Hakodate Aqua Solution corporation, a large consortium consisting of Hitachi, Tomioka Electric Construction, and Hitachi High-Tech Fielding Corporation.
In addition to providing products such as high-quality water treatment facilities, electrical equipment, and display control systems, the privately held Hitachi also provides O&M-enabled Digital Solutions, services based on cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) for the protection and preservation of clean water sources for the community.
1. Nha Trang – “Environmental Sanitation” project (World Bank)
Nha Trang is one of the famous tourist cities in Vietnam. However, due to people's low awareness, clean water and seawater pollution is becoming more serious.
To handle the source of pollution, Nha Trang Bay Management Board has determined that the original measure is to build a wastewater treatment plant from the Nha Trang Environmental Sanitation Project.
The Nha Trang "Environmental Sanitation" project funded by the World Bank has completed phase 1 in the south of Nha Trang city. This project builds an essential infrastructure system for water drainage, wastewater treatment, and waste.
This project has created positive effects, helping production facilities to reduce costs, thereby indirectly reducing costs for the whole society related to environmental protection.
2. Da Nang – "Protect water resources” project (USAID)
The signing ceremony to launch the project "Protect water resources" funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the typical project in 2021 that took place at the City Administration Center. Danang.
This project is implemented by the Center for Community Environmental Research (CECR) and is funded with a budget of up to 10 billion VND. This project has five main goals:
- The first is to prevent water pollution in Au boat and Tho Quang fishing port
- The second is to build a model of sustainable residential development
- The third is water reuse initiatives following the trend of a circular economy
- The fourth is to coordinate in implementation activities of the Coordination Board for Integrated Management of the Vu Gia - Thu Bon river basin and Quang Nam - Da Nang coastal area.
- Finally, coordinate the implementation of the Project "Building Da Nang - Environmental City" from 2021 to 2023 with environmental education communication activities.
After six months of implementation, the project has had positive effects. Many businesses participating in the project have taken measures to save, protect, and reuse water resources. Water quality in residential areas has also improved markedly despite the project's difficulties during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The project's next steps in 2022 and 2023 are to focus on completing initiatives, models, and reporting to the City People's Committee, thereby recommending application and replication to other provinces in the country.
As can be seen, domestic and foreign cities have projects to protect clean water sources. This is a positive sign proving that people have more awareness about environmental issues in general and water resources in particular.
The world's future development trend will gradually shift to a green economy, a circular economy, where natural resources are used properly and economically.
Joining this trend, Liam Project is also implementing projects to protect Vietnam's endogenous water source - the water source on the Langbiang plateau. The most recent is the project on resilience and sustainable use of water resources on the Langbiang Plateau.
However, Liam Project cannot carry out the proposed projects without the community's support. Therefore, Liam Project calls on everyone to protect the environment and water from the smallest actions.
Join Liam Project towards a future where rivers are protected, forests are cared for, and humans live in harmony with nature.