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Craft pollution endangers northern rivers

Update: September, 27/2012 - 15:02

 

 

 
The Nhue and Day rivers in northern Ha Nam Province are being seriously polluted by waste water from craft villages.—File Photo
HA NAM – (VNS) The Nhue and Day rivers in northern Ha Nam Province are being seriously polluted by waste water from craft villages, experts say.

The province's Natural Resources and Environment Department said the ammonia concentration in the rivers was 210 times higher than permitted while oxygen was 12 times smaller than the standard.

The pollution was alarming and was seriously affecting aquaculture producers downstream, the department said.

Fish had died en mass and the river stank, it said.

The department did not recommend measures to clean up the environment but suggested local authorities be active to limit losses from aquaculture.

It also asked the local water company to ensure residents and producers had an adequate supply of clean water.

The Day is a major river in the north, running through Ha Noi, Hoa Binh, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh Provices. The much smaller Nhue passes through Ha Noi and Ha Nam Province. – VNS

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