Pollution caused by a mixture of untreated wastewater and rainwater has persisted at Ba Lang Beach in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam due to a lag in the approval process for a remedial plan.
In May, dark water began flowing from a drain on Pham Van Dong Street opposite Ba Lang Beach, blanketing the area in a revolting smell.
The discharge eventually turned into a large stream, making its way directly across the sandy beach and into the ocean.
Local authorities determined that the issue was caused by an inadequate rainwater and wastewater collection system used by businesses and residencies along Pham Van Dong.
|A view of Ba Lang Beach in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
The situation typically worsens on rainy days when rainwater mixes with wastewater and overflows at the end of a seaside drainage gate leading to Ba Lang.
A remedial plan for the issue is still awaiting approval.
The unapproved plan calls for the urban management unit of Nha Trang City to invest in the development of a pumping station and a well for rainwater and wastewater separation.
The pumping station and well are estimated to cost several billion Vietnamese dong. (VND1 billion = US$42,265).
The longer the costly remedy remains pending, the greater the persistence of pollution becomes.