The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked authorities of Binh Duong and Tay Ninh provinces to halt sand mining activities in Dau Tieng Lake and report to the Prime Minister by May 15, Tuổi trẻ (Youth) newspaper reports.
|Sand mining in Dau Tieng Lake, near Duong Minh Chau District, Tay Ninh Province. – Photo tuoitre.vn|
An investigation previously conducted by the ministry showed that sand mining ruined the water supply for residents of Tay Ninh, Binh Dương and HCM City.
Therefore, authorities are urged to suspend mining for at least one month so that water quality can be restored.
Sand mining will only be resumed once it meets regulations of the Irrigation Law and does not affect water quality.
Dau Tieng Lake, with a surface area of 270sq.km and capacity of nearly 1.6 billion cubic meters of water, is one of the largest irrigation lakes in Southeast Asia.
The lake controls floods and supplies water for southern localities of Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, HCM City and Long An.
Besides sand mining, solar energy projects have been implemented in the lake’s semi-submerged area.