Vietnam warned about groundwater pollution

HanoiIn Vietnam, 70% of water for daily life comes from surface water and 30% from underground water. Overexploitation of underground water in recent years has caused depressions and organic pollution of underground water in Hanoi and HCM City. In coastal regions, wells are getting salty and polluted.

By 2030, around 60 countries will seriously lack water, experts warned. In Vietnam, underground water in big cities like Hanoi and HCM City has become polluted and exhausted, causing depressions.

In Vietnam, 70% of water for daily life comes from surface water and 30% from underground water. Overexploitation of underground water in recent years has caused depressions and organic pollution of underground water in Hanoi and HCM City. In coastal regions, wells are getting salty and polluted.

By 2030, around 60 countries will be suffering serious water shortages, caused by many reasons, including the increase of population, urbanisation and industrial development, according to a workshop held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Hanoi on March 20, on the occasion of World Hydrometeorology Day.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Nguyen Cong Thanh said the Ministry will make a plan on protecting and using water resources and take measures to prevent overexploitation of and underground water pollution.

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