Ho Chi Minh City to Publicly Display Air Quality Readings

Daily News - Saigon/HCMC: April 12, 2017

We all know that the air quality in Ho Chi Minh City is anything but good. Residents learn to live with it by wearing a respiratory mask on a consistent basis when in traffic. However, not everyone is aware of these alarming pollution readings.

Pollution-mask

This is why city officials have now decided to install 53 public notice boards where real-time air and water quality readings are displayed, according to tuoitrenews.vn.

Raising Awareness

Le Minh Triet, director of the Saigon River Tunnel Management Centre, announced that Ho Chi Minh City aims at raising awareness among local residents about pollution in Vietnam’s urban centres and encouraging them to actively protect the environment. The project will start next Monday, 17 April 2017.

While information on air pollution is already available through services like the one provided by the US Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam, the new measure will give access to this data for a broader range of citizens, Triet continued.

The notice boards will publish readings on noise pollution, the level of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in the air, as well as the water quality of rivers and canals across the city. A colour code will make it easier to interpret this data collected by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment: excessive levels of pollution will be highlighted in red and acceptable numbers will be marked in green.

Pollution in Saigon

Traffic Among the Main Reasons

Vietnam’s two metropolises, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, have become notorious for bad air quality in the last years, not least due to the increasing number of cars on the streets, which cause traffic congestion in the city centres. Sadly, more and more residents have been hospitalised for respiratory diseases.

Traffic jam in HCMC

While the public notice boards will certainly not have an immediate impact on the pollution in Vietnam’s major cities, a transparent communication by municipal officials is more than welcome. After all, awareness is the first step to improvement.