Water Polution Assignment

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VIETNAM RIVER WATER POLLUTION DUONG QUOC MINH TRIEU, Batch 3, Class D Faculty of Business Administration Academic year 2007-2008 Ho Chi Minh City S. T. U. -based TROY UNIVERSITY [pic] Huong River InstructorM. Sc. NGUYEN PHUC BAO HOA DepartmentBiology SubjectPrinciples of Biology and Lab AssignmentWriting Essay Submitted 3-November-2007 CONTENTS 1 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 2 FACTS ABOUT RIVER POLLUTION………………………………………… Shrunk usable water source………………………………………………………………………. 4 Damages from river pollution…………………………………………………………………… 4 What are the causes?………………………………………………………………………………… 5 3 FINDING SOLUTIONS………………………………………………………………………. 7 4 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 REFERENCES………………………………………………………………………………………… 9 1 INTRODUCTION There have been many people accepting polluted environments in exchanging for modernizing and industrializing their countries. Once the countries are rich, they will use money to refresh the contaminated environment. For some recent decades, many poor countries are sacrificing the environment for the goal of becoming developed countries. And Vietnam, with the hope of becoming an economic dragon of Asia, has been acting by this way in developing economy.

As a result, Vietnam is now facing many environment problems, especially in term of river pollution. 2 FACTS ABOUT RIVER POLLUTION Shrunk usable water source The amount of water resource of Vietnam for domestic using, cultivating, and manufacturing is about two hundred and fifty-five billion cubic meters annually. However, it is estimated that because of inadequate physical infrastructure and lack of financial capacity, the utilization of water is only fifty-three billion cubic meters per year [1].

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This figure has been becoming smaller and smaller because the untreated wastewater poured directly into rivers from factories, hospitals and households makes the rivers seriously contaminated. If there is no solution to break this situation, we will no longer have clean water for domestic using, cultivating, and manufacturing. Damages from river pollution With the economy development, the Vietnamese GDP has been increasing at about eight to nine percent each year lately, the second highest increasing rate in the world, and many people are optimistic with this.

However, this is a false achievement because we do not take the cost of rehabilitating polluted environment into account. There is not any statistic about the cost for cleaning the river pollution in a nation scale. But, it must be, in the reality, a huge number. The Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal in Ho Chi Minh City, for instance, is just eighty-six hundred meters in length but it costs some one hundred sixteen million and six hundred thousand dollars for being refreshed its polluted water [2].

The Tan Hiep water-processing plant in Ho Chi Minh City is in probability to be stopped operating because the water supplied from the Sai Gon River is being severely polluted [3]. This means that the city’s people are facing the danger of lack of fresh water. Besides, there are intangible damages due to the river pollution. The health of the people is negatively influenced by the polluted water source. The contaminated river water can cause the aquatic living things sick or dead. They are also disease-transmitting factors for people. If the people eat them, they can be sick or more seriously, be killed.

The life of many river- based people is becoming worse. Further more, the river tourism is heavily damaged. Generally, polluted river water badly affects many aspects of the economy and society. Apparently, these damages are too huge to be estimated and many destroys from polluted river environment are never recovered. What are the causes? The high density of population and industrial factories is the main cause of river contamination. The areas relating to the Cau, Nhue-Day, and Dong Nai river systems have roughly fifteen thousand industrial factories, eleven hundred craft villages, thirty hundred medical clinics and hospitals [4].

Most of these organizations have sent untreated wastewater directly into the river. The common chemicals found in the rivers are: BOD, COD, TSS, NH3, H2S, Coliform, Zinc, Lead, Copper, Tin and Iron. These chemicals are always in the content surpassing the limitation values of the Industrial Wastewater Discharge Standards 5945-2005 (TCVN 5945-2005) [5]. Besides, because of lack of environment protection awareness, many citizens litter wastes into the drainage systems and rivers. Of the polluted rivers, the Thi Vai is considered to be the most severe.

It receives roughly twenty thousand cubic meters of wastewater each day from such industrial zones as: Nhon Trach, My Xuan, Go Dau, Phu My, Cai Mep. It is becoming a giant toxic water source. Figure 2. 1 shows a part of the Thi Vai with the Phu My Fertilizer Plant along the bank as evidence. The table 2. 1. 1 cites the content of NH3 and H2S in the Thi Vai River exceeds the permitted value may times. The content of NH3 and H2S is 1. 73 mg/l and 0. 005 mg/l, respectively, while the permitted values are less than 0. 6 mg/l for NH3 and 0. 005 mg/l for H2S.

These gases make the living things in the river dead. The low content of DO (Dissolved Oxygen) is caused by the high amount of COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) in the river. COD and BOD are the oxygen necessary for chemically and biologically disintegrating organic substances. However, if COD and BOD are too high in the content, they reduce the DO in the water, and then, anaerobic bacteria are more active [6]. This makes the aquatic living things dead or grows abnormally. Figure 2. 1 The Thi Vai River with Phu My Fertilizer Plant [7] Table 2. 1. Statistic about water pollution of the Thi Vai River [7] |Chemical |Value in Thi Vai |Permitted value | |NH3 |1. 73 mg/l |; 0. 6 mg/l | |H2S |0. 8 mg/l |; 0. 005 mg/l | |DO |1. 2 mg/l |; 6. 5 mg/l | 3 FINDING SOLUTIONS To solve the problem of river pollution in Vietnam is a very complicated issue. It relates to financial capacity, human resources, environment law rame, technology, life of people, economic and manufacturing organizations… However, if the Vietnamese government has a high resolution and accesses appropriate methods, then the problem can be solved. The process of refreshing the river environment should be divided into two phases. In the short term, the government must be able to control the wastewater sources from the wastewater contributors. Fining water pollution-causing organizations has been a popular action up to now. However, the reality shows that this is not an effective solution.

They accept the fine because it is much cheaper than building a standard wastewater-treating system. So, the government must have a stricter punishment. If any polluted wastewater-contributing organization does not invest an adequate wastewater-treating system, it should be forced to stop operating. In the long term, the government must have macro orientations. The government should hire experienced foreign environment experts to cooperate with Vietnamese river environment specialists to observe and figure out river water-improving plans. Educating environment protection for the citizens has to be applied from kindergartens.

If this comes true, our later generations will be environment protectors; there will be no longer anyone littering garbage into the rivers. 4 CONCLUSION Through more than two decades of Doi Moi Policy (Innovation), Vietnamese economy has increased, however, our polluted environment in general and contaminated rivers in particular are apparently the high price we are paying for it. This teaches us a lesson that economic development has to accompany with protecting environment, especially the river water resource because without water there is not any life.

Post Script When this essay was being written, there was the Summit of Asian Mega Cities held in Osaka, Japan (also AMS). One of the biggest concerns at the summit was about the environment. Many delegates were in the opinion that economic development had to parallel to environment protection. Mr. Nguyen Van Phuoc, vice director of Department of Ho Chi Minh City Natural Resources and Environment reported the seriously polluted air and river environment in Vietnamese cities and called for helps from other cities (The Tuoi Tre Newspaper, 26-October- 2007).

This can serve as a solid foundation for the argument of the essay. 5 REFERENCES [1] Environmental Protection Policies and Institutional Framework in Water Resources Management of Viet Nam. Access on 14-October-2007, at http://www. wepa-db. net/pdf/0702vietnam/isponre. pdf [2] Ho Chi Minh City’s canals-back from the death. Access on 17- October-2007, at http://www. vvg-vietnam. com/canals. htm [3] Th? o tru? c “cai ch? t” m? t nha may nu? c (30-October-2007). The Tuoi Tre Newspaper [4] Bao d? ng d? v? nh? ng dong song dang h? p h? i.

Access on 17-October-2007, at http://vietnamnet. vn/khoahoc/2007/04/684226/ [5] Tieu chu? n Vi? t Nam TCVN 5945:2005. Access on 14-October-2007, at http://72. 14. 253. 104/search? q=cache:4lmIPI7S1EwJ:banqlkcn. baria-vungtau. gov. vn/uploads/files/Quyet%2520dinh%252022%2520BTNMT. doc+TCVN+5945:2005&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=6 [6] Hoang Hung & Nguy? n Th? Kim Loan (2005). O nhi? m moi tru? ng nu? c. Con ngu? i va o nhi? m moi tru? ng, 167-170 [7] Ai “d? u d? c” song Th? V? i?. Access on 17-October-2007, at http://www. nld. com. vn/tintuc/chinh-tri-xa-hoi/144016. asp

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