|Water in the Truồng Mối Canal turned black after waste water leaked from a nearby rubbish dump. — Photo zing.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — Fish died en masse along the Truồng Mối Canal in Can Lộc District because of polluted water leaking from the Lộc Hà rubbish dump, said the local natural resources and environment department on Friday.
The announcement was made after tests conducted on water samples taken from the canal and rubbish dump.
Đặng Hữu Bình, deputy director of the district Sub-department of Natural Resources and Environment, told zing.vn online newspaper that the results of the tests had been reported to provincial authorities.
Tests on water samples showed that indicators on nitrogen, phosphorus and other substances exceeded the regulated levels.
Bình said that wastewater leaking from the rubbish dump was not treated properly.
The Can Lộc District Department of Natural Resources and Environment asked the district industrial zone management board to treat the wastewater from the rubbish dump.
A spokesperson from the Lộc Hà District industrial zone management board, which manages the rubbish dump, said that reason for the wastewater leaking had not been revealed.
In the short term, the board treated the wastewater whereas long-term measures were waiting for approval from the provincial authorities.
By the end of September, residents in Thuần Thiện and Tùng Lộc communes expressed concern because water in the Truồng Mối Canal turned black and emitted a bad odour.
After the incident, fish died en masse along the waterway.
The Lộc Hà District rubbish dump was built in 2014 and completed in 2015 with funds of VNĐ53 billion (US$2.3 million) from the State budget. — VNS