About 150 households at a tenement in Hanoi were shocked after they learnt that the water they have used in the past several years has been tested containing extremely high contents of deadly arsenic.
The tenement, located in Tu Liem District’s My Dinh Commune, was built by the Hanoi Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company (C’LAND) and then sold to about 150 families in 2007.
The water to this apartment block is provided by C’LAND which sources the water from a drilled well.
“During the past 5 years, we sometimes often found the water dirty, muddy and had a reddish color. We reported it every time we found out and the company took some remedies but the problem still continues,” To Minh Kien, head of group of the tenement’s residents, told SGGP newspaper.
On August 21, the residents sent some water samples to the Chemistry Institute for tests and the result showed that the samples are contaminated with arsenic at 37-times higher than the acceptable level, Kien added.
One resident, said, “My wife and children have had to live in another place in the past 2 years. Well water here is very harmful to health. They filtered the water first before testing it”
On September 13, C’LAND and Hoang Hai Anh Co Ltd, held a dialogue with the affected residents to seek solutions.
The companies asked locals to pay as much as 70 percent of the cost for building a pipeline system that will be connected to the city’s running water supply so that the meeting ended with no agreement made, Kien said.
According to Kien, the residents require the installation of water supply systems as the legitimate rights of the people here, that was written in the contract.
Therefore, residents here constantly asked for clean water of this neighborhood. The investors are buying the temporary water to supply for people’s using.
However, as reflected by the household, the amount of water supplied by the investors too little, not enough for the needs of more than 500 inhabitants here. Many households still have to buy bottled water for use.