|A worker have to purchase purified water for cooking in central Nghe An Province. Thousands of workers living in renting houses in Nghi Xa Ward, Nghi Loc District are suffering from a polluted water source. — Photo laodong.com.vn
NGHE AN (VNS) — Thousands of workers living in renting houses in Nghi Xa Ward, Nghi Loc District are suffering from a polluted water source.
The underground water had been contaminated with a high concentration of lime and waste pollutants from nearby Nam Cam industrial zone, Lao Dong (Labour) reported.
Nghi Xa Ward, home to about 1,700 workers of this industrial park, has been provided tap water by Cua Lo town's water factory for over one year. Due to the high cost of water, many room owners have refused to allow renters to use it.
"I earn VND3 million (US$133) per month for renting houses but must pay nearly VND2 million ($89) for water bills," said Nguyen Thi Lan, who rents five rooms in hamlet 11, Nghi Xa Ward.
In stead of using tap water, workers have to buy mineral water in 20-litre bottles for drinking and cooking.
Vo Sy Que, deputy director of MTV water supply limited company in Cua Lo town, said that the underground water was pumped from the lime mountain area, and calcium caused water precipitation.
Due to a careless water treatment process, alluvia, which appeared when the climate changes, made water muddy, he said.
The Lao Dong newspaper quoted him saying that the water supply factory was built 18 years ago so the water system had been degraded with rusty zinc pipes, making tap water provided by his company reportedly muddy, stinky and dreggy.
However, he affirmed that the water still met the standards.
But Que did not take responsibility for the unclean water.
"The water quality testing agency has authorities and responsibilities on the issue.
"If the agency asks us to stop exploiting underground water in Nghi Xa Ward, we will follow its order," he said. — VNS