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Scientists seek solutions for Gieng River pollution
Van Nam
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Scientists seek solutions for Gieng River pollution

Van Nam

HCMC – A group of scientists and representatives of the environment agency in Binh Thuan Province yesterday attended a conference in Dong Nai Province to discuss solutions for environmental pollution in the Gieng River crossing their border areas.

Wastewater discharged from alcohol and wheat flour plants and pig farms in the upstream of the Gieng River in Dong Nai Province has polluted the downstream areas in Binh Thuan Province, thus affecting public health.

From 2011 to 2013, several alcohol and wheat flour plants in Dong Nai were caught discharging untreated wastewater into the Gieng River. In 2015, mass fish deaths were reported in the river.

According to a report by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Dong Nai Province last month, many enterprises upstream the river have not had wastewater treatment systems and illegally discharged wastewater into the river at night or on rainy days. Notably, they know that the river is a source of income of many people in downstream areas like Ham Tan District and La Gi Town of Binh Thuan Province.

However, the problem has not been solved although the governments of the two provinces have many times worked together to find out solutions.

The case is similar to Ba Bo Canal that flows from Binh Duong Province to HCMC. Many industrial and residential zones in upstream areas in Binh Duong have discharged untreated wastewater into the canal and seriously polluted downstream areas in HCMC.

Although the HCMC government has spent trillions of Vietnam dong addressing pollution in the canal, its efforts were not fruitful as neighboring Binh Duong Province has not finished building wastewater treatment plants upstream.

This proves that addressing pollution in border areas of neighboring localities requires cooperation and determination from all the sides concerned.

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