HN deals with incident of clean water supply


VGP – The Municipal Party Committee and relevant agencies of Ha Noi have spared no effort to work with specialized units of Hoa Binh, Song Da water investment joint stock company, the Ha Dong Water One-Member Limited Liability Company (Hadowa),  the MTV Ha Noi Clean Water Company to overcome the incident of clean water supply. 

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Earlier, locals voiced concern over the quality of tap water supplied for the districts of Ha Dong, Hoang Mai, Nam Tu Liem and Thanh Xuan.

A 2.5 ton tanker was seen dumping used oil into a creek in Hoa Binh Province that feeds into the Da River, which is sourced by Viwasupco to process and supply clean water to 10 districts in the southwestern part of Ha Noi. The oil contamination led to the company’s tap water stinking, and authorities said Tuesday the malodor was caused by high concentrations of styrene in the water. 

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on October 16 tasked the Hoa Binh Provincial People’s Committee to direct the Song Da Water Investment JSC to handle with tap water with foul odor and timely supply clean water for local people living in the Southwest of the capital city of Ha Noi. 

On October 17, the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee issued Document 4634/UBND-TKBT on settling water supply incident of the Song Da Water Investment JSC and provide clean water for residents.

The Ha Noi authorities asked the Vinaconex Water Supply Company (Viwasupco), the company responsible for supplying the contaminated water, to supply water for free until all affected residential areas finish cleaning their water tanks and pipes; and until the water is tested again and found safe for consumption.

The city is also working with authorities in neighboring Hoa Binh Province, where Viwasupco's water source was contaminated, to decontaminate the source. The test results of Viwasupco's water quality would be updated and publicized daily.

The latest tap water samples have passed safety tests, but continue to advise against drinking or cooking with it.

The Ha Noi Center for Disease Control said all eight tap water samples collected on met safety standards for all 107 parametric values including styrene, a carcinogenic that had been found in excessive quantities in supplies to southwestern Ha Noi.

Police in Hoa Binh Province opened a criminal probe and are looking for the truck and the driver that illegally dumped used oil into the environment, as well as the company or organization behind the incident./.

By Kim Loan