|Dirty wastewater is discharged onto Đà Nẵng Beach on May 5. — Photo vov.vn|
ĐÀ NẴNG — Đà Nẵng City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has asked the city’s authority to hand out fines to 13 hotels and restaurants for discharging hazardous wastewater into the sea, the Voice of Việt Nam (VOV) reports.
In a report on supervising wastewater treatment of hotels and restaurants in Ngũ Hành Sơn and Sơn Trà districts, the department said 13 hotels and restaurants were found to have released wastewater into the surrounding area at levels exceeding regulatory standards.
Balcona Đà Nẵng, TMS Luxury, Risemount Premier Đà Nẵng and Parosand Đà Nẵng were found to have excessive levels of pollutants such as ammonium nitrate, coliform and biochemical oxygen, which were between 1.9 and 8.6 times higher than permitted levels.
Paris Deli, Luxtery, Lê Hoàng, Hùng Anh, Gemma, Parze Ocean and Misa và Sea Front failed to operate wastewater treatment systems or have substandard wastewater treatment systems.
The department has also asked the city’s authority to guide the Department of Construction, the People's Committees of Sơn Trà and Ngũ Hành Sơn Districts to handle a series of violations of underground water exploitation.
It has asked the Ngũ Hành Sơn District People's Committee to handle 16 cases of violations involving unpermitted drainage connections, and asked the Sơn Trà District’s People's Committee to handle 34 cases involving cases with no environmental records.
As many as 10 cases that used underground water without registering in Sơn Trà District should be penalised, it said.
Mai Mã, director of Đà Nẵng City’s Drainage and Sewerage Company, said the unit was cooperating with relevant authorities to check the wastewater treatment system at restaurants and hotels along the beach to keep the beach clean. — VNS