Vientiane Water Treatment Station 80 Percent Complete


A new water treatment station based on natural processes in Nahay village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane is now 80 percent complete, using innovative methods pioneered in France.

The project progress was presented at the meeting between Vientiane Urban Development Administration Authority and international donors at the authority’s office on Monday.

In attendance was Vientiane Vice Major, Mr Keophilavanh Arphaylath, Head Office of the Vientiane Urban Development Administration Authority, Ms Vilayvone Chanthalaty and international organisation representatives.

The construction project commenced on May 17 this year, and should be finished by January 2017. It is expected to cost some 1,220,000 euros (or over 10 billion kip) to complete, funded by the France’s Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF).

The project includes construction of the station building, management of the waste water treatment station from now until 2019 and a training agreement.

The treatment of dirty water uses green’ processes which will not harm the environment or local communities, while the dregs that remain will be used as organic fertiliser.

The system uses reeds to cleanse the dirty water discharged by households and is the first project of its kind in Laos. Previous projects have proved successful in other countries, notably France.

T he plant will be located on a 2.6 hectare site and has four reservoirs for the treatment of waste from household toilets. The reservoirs will be able to store 100,000 cubic metres of dirty water a year.

The plant will use reeds to distil the dirty water and then the remains will be used as organic fertiliser.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Keophilavanh Arphaylath said the new project in Vientiane and not harm the environment and would become the model for provinces around the country when complete.


Source: Vientiane Times