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Water problems in Ha Noi

Update: September, 27/2014 - 12:00

Some people in Ha Noi are having problems with the water they get from their taps.

It often has awful mud in it, which is not healthy to drink or even to touch.

Special checks have been done to try and find out the cause of the problem and to fix it.

A worker maintains a water treatment tank at the Yen Phu Water Company in Ha Noi. People living in apartment buildings in the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.
A worker maintains a water treatment tank at the Yen Phu Water Company in Ha Noi. People living in apartment buildings in the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water. -  VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong

HA NOI (VNS) — People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

Tran Van Xuat, a resident of Spark Duong Noi new urban area in Ha Dong District said: "I often find tap water containing sludge."

When the water was boiled, the sludge turned yellow, said Xuat.

A resident of 15T1 apartment building in Hai Ba Trung District, Vu Tien Suu said his tap water was full of dirt.

"And this is not the first time," he said.

The apartment building's management board had carried out numerous efforts to clean the water tank, but dirty water had reappeared several months later, he said.

Nguyen Van Thuy, who lives in the Xa La apartment building, said residents had become worried about test results showing 2.5 times the legal limit of arsenic.

Some households had to buy water from other places or bottled water to use.

"Our health is dependent on clean water," said Pham Thi Hoach, who lives in the My Dinh 2 urban area.

"When we found out the tap water we were using contained arsenic, we were in shock," she said.

Residents were being charged extra for the tap water and therefore expected it to be clean, she said, adding that the city should fix the problem as soon as possible.

The Ha Noi Construction Department said there were two steps involved in providing tap water to people living in apartment buildings.

First, tap water was taken from the water treatment factory to the apartment building's water tank via a water pipe. Afterwards, the water was transferred from the tank to households via a water pipe system inside the building.

The Ha Noi Water Limited Company said the tap water's quality was routinely checked to ensure it met standards issued by the Ministry of Health.

Poor quality water tanks or substandard pipe systems inside the buildings were possible causes, the company said.

The Ha Dong Water Supply Company said it had taken samples for tests after receiving recent complaints from people living in Xa La apartment building about the level of arsenic found in the water.

Vice Chairman of the capital People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung said that the committee had also issued a directive to authorised agencies to fix the situation.

Ministry survey finds substandard water in HCM City

Meanwhile, a survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health and released late August, showed that HCM City was failing to provide tap water to all residents, Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported.

Substandard quality tap water was still being found, the survey said.

Respondents indicated that tap water was not meeting standards at three major water supply factories in Thu Duc, Binh Chanh and Phong Phu. Manganese and iron concentrations in the water were higher than the legal limit, posing a threat to those using it.

The level of chlorine was found to be lower than the required amount in tap water in the Binh Tan and Nha Be areas of District 8. Traces of coliform bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, were found to be 10 times higher than the permitted level at a range of water stations in District 8. — VNS

GLOSSARY

People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

An apartment building is a tall building that has many homes in it, on its different floors.

Urban areas are town areas. The opposite of an urban area is a rural area. Farms and forests are in rural areas.

Poor quality means of low standard.

Tran Van Xuat, a resident of Spark Duong Noi new urban area in Ha Dong District said: "I often find tap water containing sludge."

Sludge is thick, polluted mud

Nguyen Van Thuy, who lives in the Xa La apartment building, said residents had become worried about test results showing 2.5 times the legal limit of arsenic.

The legal limit is the most that is allowed, according to the law.

Arsenic is a type of poison.

First, tap water was taken from the water treatment factory to the apartment building's water tank via a water pipe. Afterwards, the water was transferred from the tank to households via a water pipe system inside the building.

When something is transferred it is sent from one place to another place..

The Ha Noi Water Limited Company said the tap water's quality was routinely checked to ensure it met standards issued by the Ministry of Health.

Routinely means happening according to a schedule, or a plan.

Poor quality water tanks or substandard pipe systems inside the buildings were possible causes, the company said.

Substandard means below the standard that is expected. Words in English beginning with "sub" often mean something to do with the word "below". Think of submarine!

The Ha Dong Water Supply Company said it had taken samples for tests after receiving recent complaints from people living in Xa La apartment building about the level of arsenic found in the water.

It would be difficult for the company to do tests on every drop of water, so instead it takes tests of a small amount of water and trusts that whatever is found through these small amounts of water is what would also exist in a larger body of water in the same place. These small amounts of water that are tested are called samples.

Vice Chairman of the capital People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung said that the committee had also issued a directive to authorised agencies to fix the situation.

A directive is an instruction or a command.

Authorised agencies are offices that have the power to do certain things.

Meanwhile, a survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health and released late August, showed that HCM City was failing to provide tap water to all residents, Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported.

A survey is a study carried out that involves asking people how they have experienced something.

Respondents indicated that tap water was not meeting standards at three major water supply factories in Thu Duc, Binh Chanh and Phong Phu. Manganese and iron concentrations in the water were higher than the legal limit, posing a threat to those using it.

Respondents are people who take part in things like surveys and answer questions that are put to them.

Manganese and iron concentrations are the amounts of those minerals in a mix with another substance, such as the water.

The level of chlorine was found to be lower than the required amount in tap water in the Binh Tan and Nha Be areas of District 8. Traces of coliform bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, were found to be 10 times higher than the permitted level at a range of water stations in District 8.

Diarrhea is a disease that causes one to go to the toilet very uncomfortably and can be caused by drinking dirty water.

A permitted level is an amount that is allowed.

 

WORKSHEET

See if you can find words meaning the following in the Word Search:

1.      A type of poison.

2.      A tall building with many families' homes in it.

3.      The colour sludge becomes when water is boiled.

4.      The month in which the results of a survey was released.

5.      The kind of area in which you would find a forest.

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1. Arsenic; 2. Apartment; 3. Yellow; 4. August; 5. Rural.

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