People in Hà Nội’s suburban areas are forced to buy
clean water at high prices due to a shortage of tap water. - VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI - Some 2.5 million people living in suburban
areas in Hà Nội do not yet have access to tap water, the city’s Centre for
Clean Water and Rural Environmental Hygiene has revealed.
In a report on
Hanoians accessing tap water in 2016, the centre said the rate of people in
suburban areas accessing tap water supply increased3.3 per cent compared with the previous year. However, the
city’s target of supplying clean water to all people in the city by 2020
would not come close to being achieved unless serious measures were
Many people in the
west of the city, such as Đông Anh and Sóc Sơn districts, had to use water
from ponds or wells for daily chores, impacting their health and causing
diseases related to the skin and eyes.
According to a
recent announcement of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,
Lũng Vị Village in Chương Mỹ District and Thống Nhất Village in Ứng Hòa
District were the two villages with the poorest water quality in the country.
In some areas locating
along the Nhuệ River, including Cự Khê Ward in Thanh Oai District, Tiền Phong
Ward in Thường Tín District, Chuyên Mỹ Ward in Phú Xuyên District and Đông Lỗ
Ward in Ứng Hòa District, the water quality was substandard. Some water
samples were taken from a depth of 40-50m but still had foul odour.
were even facing a shortage of water in the dry seasons and were forced to
use contaminated water or buy water at high prices, such as those living in
Trung Hòa and Trường Yên communes in Chương Mỹ District and Chàng Sơn Commune
in Thạch Thất District.
The city authority
has built water supply stations for these areas, but some have failed to
ensure water supply for residents.
According to the
centre, the city has implemented measures to attract investment capital from
enterprises and individuals. The city has asked the Hà Nội Clean Water One
Member Co. Ltd to expand the model of water supply using German water
treatment technology to develop the water supply network in suburban areas.
The city has also
ordered the company to disseminate information about the protection of water
sources and reduce wastage of water.