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Water pollution disrupts lives of Phu Tho residents

Update: July, 21/2014 - 08:40

PHU THO (VNS) — Water pollution has disrupted the daily lives, as well as agricultural production, for over 1,200 households in My Lung Commune.

For over a year, residents have had to use polluted water from Ngoi Lao River in northern Phu Tho Province's Yen Lap District.

Ngoi Lao is a river, 76km in length, running through two northern provinces of Phu Tho and Yen Bai.

Le Van Luu, of the commune, said "Rice production in our field has been reduced by half."

"In the past, we harvested about 400 kilos of rice in our 1,080-square-metre field each year, but now it is only 200 kilos," Luu noted.

Water was found to contain mud, oil and impurities, he said.

Tran Van Nguyen, another resident, said his family had to purchase water for drinking and preparing food.

"We have to put a layer of gravel into the bottom of our water tank to filter water for bathing and washing," he added.

Tran Kim Son, vice chairman of the People's Committee of the commune, said that water pollution was causing a major impact on the local people.

Following a recent evaluation by the provincial environment department, the contents of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) was found to be 2.4 times, and biochemical oxygen demand for the five-day test (BOD5) 1.8 times the allowed levels.

The provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department said mineral exploitation and processing along a stretch of river running through nearby Yen Bai Province's Van Chan District were blamed for the pollution.

Bui Tien Vy, vice chairman of the People's Committee of Yen Lap District, said that two environmental departments of Phu Tho and Yen Bai had together created solutions to remove water pollution last October.

"But nothing has changed now," he said.

Vy said the district and local residents wanted the situation to be brought under control as soon as possible. — VNS

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