Upgrading of technical infrastructure,especially of forecasting and inspection equipment, is another toppriority, the Southwestern Department for Environmental Protection hassaid.
Water pollution in the delta, as well as a generaldegradation of the environment, is occurring at an alarming rate,according to a survey conducted by the Water Resources University.
The survey said that E. coli bacteria in rivers and canals in the region had exceeded the permitted level.
To enhance cooperation among localities, Delta officials also plan to organise more forums on environmental protection.
In addition, local water-supply and drainage systems will be upgraded in an effort to prevent flooding in urban areas.
Newwaste collection and treatment facilities will be built, andenvironmental inspection will be strengthened in localities, industrialparks and manufacturing and trading establishments.
To helpcompanies pay for upgrading waste water treatment systems in industrialparks, local authorities have issued policies to offer them financialsupport.
Every year, about 3.7 million tonnes of solid waste in the region, mostly untreated, is released in rivers and canals.
Industry emissions and activities in the delta have also contributed to higher levels of pollution, including noise pollution.
Suspendedsolids and ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N), as well as ammoniac and coliformcontent in rivers and canals in the provinces of An Giang, Vinh Long,Long An, Hau Giang and Ca Mau and Can Tho City are all higher than thepermitted levels.
The concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2),sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) in the air in theregion’s urban areas is also higher than standard levels, according tothe Water Resources University’s survey.-VNA