HA NOI (VNS) — The Vinaconex Water Supply Joint Stock Company claims that the quality of tap water it provides to Ha Noi households strictly meets standards.
However, in a related move, the company is also reported to have sent a document to the provincial People's Committee in northern Hoa Binh Province asking it to take prompt action to treat waste-water discharged from a rubbish dump from entering its water catchment area.
In response, the committee has planned to move the rubbish dump to another locality.
Deputy director of the company Truong Quoc Duong spoke to Kinh te do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper after an allegation that the Doc Bung rubbish dump, located in the left bank of Da River in the province, polluted water entering the company's Da River surface water plant.
Duong said that the rubbish dump was about 15km far from where the plant took raw river water and pumped it into a treatment pond.
Therefore, any effect from the rubbish dump "was trivial", he said.
He added that Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Centre conducted checks on water quality every six months and the company checked the quality every month.
The latest checks on raw water quality were done in May and October, Duong said. — VNS