Handing-over of basic O&M Equipment to Wastewater Companies

Created on 05 February 2010 Print Email

The lack of proper and safe equipment is one of the major reasons for the desolate condition sewerage systems in Vietnam's cities are in. In order to be able to conduct the program's training modules on operation and maintenance of wastewater assets, at least a basic set of tools and equipment are required to be available.

The lack of proper and safe equipment is one of the major reasons for the desolate condition sewerage systems in Vietnam's cities are in. In order to be able to conduct the program's training modules on operation and maintenance of wastewater assets, at least a basic set of tools and equipment are required to be available.

Therefore, in September 2009 a first batch of basic equipment for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of wastewater collection systems was handed over to the six wastewater companies participating in the program. Along with the official handing-over ceremonies, workers of the companies' O&M divisions were trained on the correct and safe use of the new equipment.

Due to unavailability on local markets the equipment was procured in Germany and imported to Vietnam by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). The equipment handed-over to each of the six companies comprised:

  • four channel mirrors, two telescope rods and one protected flash light
  • six sewer plugs in different sizes with plug accessories, an air hose, safety valves and a foot pump
  • a compressor for the plugs and a generator for the compressor
  • a wet mobile pump
  • a hose for the mobile pump
  • a gas detector, two safety harnesses with safety lines, a rubber sewer pant

The equipment provided by the program is of course not yet sufficient in quantity to provide for proper O&M of wastewater assets within the program cities. It rather serves as a first step of procurement and enables local authorities as well as managerial staff of the companies to experience with own eyes and hands what kind of equipment exists in the world and what it means to 'entirely clean' a sewer. Further investments in more and larger-scale equipment are expected to be undertaken by Vietnamese local authorities in the near future. However, only after a wastewater tariff is in place that covers O&M costs as well as depreciation of mechanical and electrical equipment, the much needed investments in sufficient O&M equipment can be guaranteed.

The handing-over ceremonies took place in Vinh City and Tra Vinh Town where they found wide public attention and were broadcasted via local TV stations.

Besides program managers and technical advisors from the German agencies GTZ, KfW, DED and GFA Consulting Group, the provincial authorities as well as directors of wastewater companies were present to receive the equipment and thank the German people.

The pictures of O&M equipment handing-over could be seen in Photo Gallery section.

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