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Pig farm discharges wastewater into national landscape in Vietnam’s Central Highlands for years

Pig farm discharges wastewater into national landscape in Vietnam’s Central Highlands for years

Sunday, May 19, 2024, 15:17 GMT+7
Pig farm discharges wastewater into national landscape in Vietnam’s Central Highlands for years
Wastewater from a pig farm is released into Lak Lake, a national landscape, in Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

A pig farm was found to have released wastewater with a foul odor into Lak Lake, which was recognized as a national landscape in 1993, in Vietnam for many years, sparking public concerns.

Black wastewater has been flowing into Lak Lake through a plastic pipe, polluting the lake in Dak Lak Province, located in the Central Highlands.

The pig farm belongs to the family of Le Viet Thanh in Lien Son Town, Lak District, Dak Lak Province.

The wastewater has created black scum over an area stretching hundreds of meters in length and tens of meters in width on the lake's surface.

The unpleasant smell from the lake, carried by the wind, has haunted a nearby residential area.

In peak times, Thanh’s farm has hundreds of pigs.

He cleans the farm twice a day, at dawn and at dusk, giving off the unbearable smell that later spreads across the neighborhood, complained H.T.A., who is his neighbor.

 “All of the wastewater during the clean-up is released to Lak Lake,” A. added.

A plastic pipe leads wastewater from the pig farm to Lak Lake in Dak Lak Province. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

A plastic pipe leads wastewater from the pig farm to Lak Lake in Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents have repeatedly complained about Thanh’s act to local authorities but their efforts were in vain.

Le The Anh, chairman of the administration in Lien Son Town, confirmed that Thanh's pig farm had caused environmental pollution and impacted the lives of locals.

However, he affirmed that the town did not turn a blind eye to the issue.

Anh informed that Thanh currently raises around 500 pigs, with the number sometimes reaching 1,000.

Despite operating the farm for nearly 20 years, Thanh has not obtained a license for his operations.

Anh added that inspecting the farm is challenging as it requires a multisectoral inspection team.

While the town has urged Thanh to address the environmental pollution, no sanctions have been imposed on him thus far.

The wastewater has seriously polluted the lake. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

The wastewater has seriously polluted the lake. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Anh also confirmed that Thanh had encroached on Lak Lake for fish farming and for storing wastewater from his pig farm.

As the case falls beyond the jurisdiction of the town, it has reported the matter to the Lak District administration.

The Lien Son Town authorities have urged Thanh to remove a bamboo dyke in the lake to restore it to its original state.

Nay Y Phu, chairman of the People’s Committee of Lak District, said the district had received a report of the case and had tasked relevant units with dealing with it.

Lak Lake, which is over 500 hectares large, is among the largest natural lakes in Vietnam. It is a tourist site for domestic and foreign travelers.

Local residents have complained about the issue for years but the local authorities have not punished the pig farm’s owner. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents have complained about the issue for years but local authorities have not punished the pig farm owner. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

The black wastewater with a foul odor has affected nearby households. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Black wastewater with a foul odor has affected nearby households. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

The pig farm’s owner releases wastewater from his pig farm into the lake for farming fish. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

The pig farm owner releases wastewater into the lake for fish farming. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

A plastic pipe leads wastewater from the pig farm to Lak Lake in Dak Lak Province. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

A plastic pipe leads wastewater from the pig farm to Lak Lake in Dak Lak Province. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Lak Lake was recognized as a national landscape in 1993. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Lak Lake was recognized as a national landscape in 1993. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

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