|For a decade, people living in many areas of central Quang Ngai Province have had to dig wells or go to nearby streams to procure water.— Photo baoquangngai
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — For a decade, people living in many areas of central Quang Ngai Province have had to dig wells or go to nearby streams to procure water.
A recent inspection of the provincial People's Committee has found that up to 148 water supply stations out of 496 in the province do not work.
In Ba To District's Ba Xa Commune, about 1,700 households have had to use stream water because their water supply station has not worked for a decade, Nguoi lao dong (Labourer) newspaper reported.
Ba Xa residents were happy when the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development Department built the VND600 million (US$28,300) water supply station in 2003, recalled resident Pham Van Le.
However, their excitement did not last long because the station broke down after just a few months. Residents submitted repeated requests for repairs to authorised agencies, but they were ignored.
The same situation also happened in Nghia Hanh District's Hanh Duc Commune, where a VND2.2 billion ($103,700) water supply station was built in 2003.
Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Viet Chu said that authorised agencies were working to identify the violations of each station.
Inspectors also discovered that agencies in charge of building 107 water supply stations overspent capital. The overspending was estimated at VND1.6 billion ($75,000) and occurred in Ba To, Duc Pho, Minh Long and Tay Tra districts.
Chu said that the overspending had been revoked after the inspection. — VNS