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Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

By Pham Chieu   September 24, 2022 | 12:30 am PT
Following the contamination of Hanoi’s Da River by oil from an overturned truck, there is a water shortage and local residents are forced to store in buckets.
Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of people lined up in the foyer of the Hateco Apollo Xuan Phuong Apartment Building in Nam Tu Liem District to get water.

On September 21 the Da River water treatment company stopped supplying water after discovering traces of oil, which had spilled from the truck.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

People have to use various kinds of containers items to store water. Hateco Apollo Xuan Phuong has around 1,000 apartments with 3,000 people.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

A person waits with plastic bottles to get water.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

Nguyen Hoang Tung of the apartment management board, said the company would restore supply soon though as of Friday afternoon it had yet to do so.

The board has set up four water tanks of 3,000-liter capacity in the courtyard.

"If there is still no water tomorrow, we will have to order another water truck," Tung said.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

Because the supply of water is limited and the demand is high, people have to wait for hours for their turn.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

"I took once in the morning but it was not enough; I had to go back to get more for evening use," Phuong, a building resident, said as she waited for her turn.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

This is not the first time the apartment has faced water problems, with residents saying there have been at least three occasions this year when they did not get tap water for three to five days.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

Each household is limited to just two buckets of water.

"It's terrible," Phan Bich Loan said, explaining she had to take the afternoon off work to return home to get water.

The water is just enough for cooking, she said.

Oil spill in river leaves Hanoi apartment residents scrambling for water

Many people cannot obtain water and are forced to leave empty-handed.

The Da River treatment facility had said on Thursday that water supply would resume the same afternoon, but that did not happen.

Nguyen Xuan Quy, its general director, said: "We have to regulate and manage the water flow from other sources properly. It takes time to stabilize, and so water supply has not been fully restored in certain areas.

Photos by Pham Chieu

 
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