|More than 20 households in Truong Quang Trong Ward in the province's Quang Ngai City contributed money to buy a pump and water pipe lines to pump water, but the amount of clean water was not enough for their use.— Photo baoquangngai
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Few things are more precious in the heart of the summer than clean water. But for hundreds of households throughout Quang Ngai province, life has all but dried up.
The hot summer months have dried up much of the water supply, and the rocky mountain terrain makes it difficult to drill for more.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, the pumping station in An Loi Village, Duc Pho District's Pho Nhon Commune was dry, affecting about 320 households.
The pumping station, with total investment of nearly VND8.3 billion (US$395,200), was opened for public use in April. It was expected to supply clean water for local residents in the commune with the capacity of 310cu.m per day.
However, the station was left fallow after one month of use because of a clean water shortage.
Chairman of the Pho Nhon Commune People's Committee Bui Van Sy said that the bumping station took clean water from the Da Giang stream. As a result, during hot weather the stream ran out of water and the station did not have any water sources.
The commune authorities have found different ways to supply water resources for local residents, such as drilling wells and installing pumps. But ground water levels are so low, none of these methods are proving effective.
In Pho Hoa Commune, some 60 households are also going thirsty. Truong Van Sang, a resident in the commune's Pho Van Village, said that the area was full of rocky mountain so it was difficult to drill a well.
"I have tried many times, but when drilling to the depth of 5-6 metres, I cannot drill any more," he said.
Farm produce in the commune has died from the clean water drought.
More than 20 households in Truong Quang Trong Ward in the province's Quang Ngai City contributed money to buy a pump and water pipe lines to pump water, but the amount of clean water was not enough for their use.
Nguyen Duc Toan, Chairman of the Truong Quang Trong Ward People's Committee, said that the area used to be a rice field. Construction work on the Vina film studio project started in the area in 2009, affecting the area's underground water source.
Since then local residents could not drill wells.
The city authorities assigned the city's Urban Management Division to check the terrain and choose a proper position to drill a well.
But it was only a temporarily measure. The well soon failed due to the rocky terrain, said Toan. — VNS