|Sewage ditches discharge black smelly water on Sầm Sơn Beach. — Photo dantri.com.vn |Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — Sewage ditches containing black smelly wastewater, running from Sầm Sơn Township’s drainage system to the beach, are causing serious pollution, resulting in a negative effect on tourism in the area.
Under reporters observation, at least two sewage ditches were seen yesterday connecting Hồ Xuân Hương Road with beach areas C and D. Water in these ditches was black, had a horrible odour and was being discharging directly into the sea.
Most tourists moved far from the ditches to avoid the smell and the dirty water.
Văn Đình Trung, head of Sầm Sơn Township’s Urban Management Unit, admitted to the pollution, saying there were five ditches located along the beach.
Explaining the reason for the ditches, Trung said the area along Hồ Xuân Hương Road was low-lying and would get submerged during the rainy season. Waste water then ran into the sea, creating ditches on the sand.
Trung said the township’s People’s Committee has asked the provincial authority to build two pumping stations to pump water into a reservoir in Bắc Sơn Ward for treatment before discharging it into the surrounding rivers.
The project, with total investment of VNĐ190 billion (US$8.5 million), has been submitted for approval, he added.
Currently, there is only one pumping station on Bà Triệu Road to pump wastewater in the township. — VNS