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Residents suffer alum-water supply

Update: January, 28/2015 - 08:46
The water supply system was built in four ethnic minority hamlets: Ea Sin, Ea Bong, Cu Kanh and Cu M'tao. However, after a month, residents had to switch to stream water as the water supplied by the system smelled bad and contained too much alum. — Photo tienphong

DAK LAK (VNS) — Residents of Ea Sin Commune in Dak Lak Province's Krong Buk District were struggling to live on scarce stream water as the water supplied by the local system contained too much alum, said Y Ro K'Bua, chairman of the Ea Sin Commune People's Committee.

He said that the water supply system was built in four ethnic minority hamlets: Ea Sin, Ea Bong, Cu Kanh and Cu M'tao. However, after a month, residents had to switch to stream water as the water supplied by the system smelled bad and contained too much alum.

He said that the alum-heavy water had forced about 300 households in these hamlets to travel 1-2km to other areas, such as Ea Truol dam, to get water during the dry season since stream water was only available during the wet season.

Local residents had found plants and animals dying from the lack of clean water and tried to drill wells but could not break through the underground rock, according to Ea Sin hamlet head Y Dinh Nie.

Y Tuyen Nie, deputy head of Krong Buk District's Division of Ethnic Minority Affairs, said that the water supply system stopped working because it produced high-alum water, which was useless for production and daily life. The system originally cost Krong Buk District VND1.7 billion (US$81,000), he added.

In 2012, Dak Lak Province People's Committee had approved the Krong Buk District People's Committee's proposal to invest VND7.3 billion ($347,600) in improving the system, he said, but a lack of funding had prevented both district and province authorities from carrying out the work. — VNS

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