Hanoi is facing a serious shortage of clean water, as many water plants have been found to be supply water contaminated with toxic chemicals.
My Dinh II water supply station
On July 7, the Hanoi Department of Health announced that 100% of the samples taken from My Dinh II water supply station contained arsenic surpassing permitted levels.
The department has requested that My Dinh II halt operations, and only be allowed to resume operations after meeting water safety standards.
Between June 27 and 30, the Ministry of Health inspected water quality at 23 water supply stations in Hanoi. Many water samples taken from these facilities failed to meet safety standards because they contained levels of certain chemicals, such as arsenic, ammonium , chlorine and manganese that far surpassed standards.
The Hanoi Health Department has fined Ha Dong Clean Water One Member Limited Liability Company VND20 million (USD952) for failing to meet the water quality standards, with ammonium content exceeding the regulated level.
Global Petroleum Investment Co. was also fined VND15 million for supplying unsafe water to residents of the Nam Do block area in Hoang Mai District.