|Water of the Nhue River passing Ha Noi's Thuong Tin District turns black due to pollution. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Lam
HA NOI (VNS) — Some water used for irrigation in Ha Noi is polluted, affecting agriculture and manufacturing, and even the water used by residents, according to the Ha Noi Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Specifically, pollution was reported in the Nhue, Cau Bay, La Khe rivers, and some canals.
Reasons for the pollution were that waste from manufacturers, handicraft villages, breeding areas and slaughterhouses were discharged into the rivers and canals without first being treated.
The Cau Bay River supplies water for agriculture and manufacturing, and also transports sewage for Long Bien and Gia Lam districts.
The Nhue River also received waste water from the To Lich and Kim Nguu rivers, as well as from new residential developments, including Van Quan and Linh Dam.
Local residents also throw rubbish into the river.
Ha Noi authorities have asked agencies to improve the distribution of information, in a bid to raise awareness about pollution among residents and organisations.
Meanwhile, the Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development asked district authorities to punish businesses discharging untreated waste water into rivers. — VNS