return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Polluted canals in HCM City emit bad odors, affect residents' lives

HCM City has about 2,000 kilometers of drainage canals, but many are seriously polluted. The pollution comes not only from factories and industrial zones, but also from residents' littering.
VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City has about 2,000 kilometers of drainage canals, but many are seriously polluted. The pollution comes not only from factories and industrial zones, but also from residents' littering.


{keywords}



Residents in Hiep Phu ward in district 9 have complained for many years about the bad odor from Binh Tho Canal, which badly affects their daily life.

Nguyen Thi Tiem, a local resident, said she has to close the door and windows all day to prevent the bad odor. 

The canal, two kilometers long, originating from district 9 in HCMC, is a ‘hot spot’ for pollution. The canal brings garbage and pollution from residential quarters to the Sai Gon River.

The HCMC People’s Council has requested agencies to take waste water samples from many different places to define the pollution levels and the polluting sources.

According to the HCMC Environment Department, there is one cluster of industrial workshops – Phuoc Long – and six other enterprises, mostly textile, dyeing, garment, footwear, fertilizer and veterinary medicine enterprises. 

Five of them discharge waste water from production, but the waste water is collected and treated.
HCM City has about 2,000 kilometers of drainage canals, but many are seriously polluted. The pollution comes not only from factories and industrial zones, but also from residents' littering.

The Doi Canal, running through districts 7 and 8, is also becoming seriously polluted with black water and bad odor. 

Nguyen Van Dung, a local man, said the canal in the past was so clean that Dung and his friends could catch fish there and have a bath. However, the littering by locals has turned the canal black.

Tran Quang Co Canal, located between Hiep Thanh ward of district 12 and Dong Thanh commune of Hooc Mon district, is in the same situation. The terrible odor comes from the canal section near Tran Quang Co Bridge, where there are dozens of pigs and poultry farms.

Besides, the scrap material yards along the canal sides from which garbage is thrown into the canal have also caused congestion.

Tran Van Tan, deputy chair of Dong Thanh commune, admitted that the canal has been polluted partially because of waste water discharged from pig farms, saying that local authorities had inspected the farms and asked households to build biogas tanks.

While residents in the districts of Go Vap, 12 and Tan Binh are obsessed by the polluted Tham Luong Canal, the people in Binh Tan, Tan Phu and Tan Binh districts, have been suffering from the 19.5 Canal. The pollution is also getting serious on the canals of Van Thanh in Binh Thanh and Nuoc Den in Tan Phu districts.

According to Nguyen Thi Thanh My, deputy director of the HCMC Environment Department, there are 2,000 kilometers of drainage canals, more than 100,000 manholes and 800 sewage drains.

related news

Kim Chi

MORE NEWS

Vietnamese network operators now manufacturing cameras

Most cameras provided in the local market are foreign made.

Vietnam’s most modern library

Located at National Economics University, the most modern library in Vietnam covers around 10,000 square metres and is funded by the World Bank through the Support for Autonomous Higher Education Project.

China purchases more Vietnamese fruit for lunar new year holiday

Chinese demand for fruit for the lunar new year holiday accounts for up to 50 percent of Vietnam’s total fruit exports. Experts warn that the products may get stuck at border gates.

Press agencies need to become technological institutions: minister

Twenty years ago, editors-in-chief took pride in the fact that while printing machines were working, distributors were sitting eating bread and waiting for the first newspapers to be put out to deliver.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 4

Vietnamese innovative startups should strive to become regional, international “unicorns”: PM

Seven more prosecuted in bribery case at foreign ministry

The investigation agency under the Ministry of Public Security has issued decisions to prosecute, arrest and search the residences and workplaces of seven more individuals for their involvement in a bribery case at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES DECEMBER 4

President arrives in Seoul, beginning state visit to RoK

IFC plans to pour 320 million USD into three Vietnamese banks

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has proposed a total investment of 320 million USD in three Vietnamese banks, reported the Nikkei Asia.

Girl with brittle bone disease opens class for poor students

As she wasn't able to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher due to congenital vitreous disease, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tam opened a free class for poor students.

Miniature-human sculptures popular with customers

The price of a sculpture ranges from one to five million VND, depending on the difficulty of the model. Eight to 19 ordered products are made per day to guarantee progress as well as the quality of the sculpture for the customer.

Lacquer village outlasts centuries-old craft

Alongside a wide range of products made from natural materials such as wood, bamboo and rattan, the village also has created new gold- and silver-inlaid products made from ceramic, pottery, and composite.

Local firms do business in P2P lending market

P2P Lending has become a hot issue in Vietnam, especially with the participation of Chinese businesses.

Vietnam to hold first cat fish festival soon

Vietnam’s first cat fish festival is scheduled to take place in the southern province of Dong Thap on December 16-17.

Control of bad content on social networks should be tightened

Tik Toker No O No, who criticized the poor, was boycotted by the community and forced to shut down by the authorities. He is not the first Tik Toker that has posted bad content on social networks.

Businesses struggle to keep workers as exports slow

Businesses have been struggling to maintain and support their workers as the Lunar New Year approaches.
back_to_top