Drastic fall in groundwater level in HCMC

Data given by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment shows that groundwater level in the City is dropping by an average of 0.5-1 meter annually.

Binh Chanh, Binh Tan, and District 12 have seen the sharpest drop from 25 to 34 meters.

According to Phan Van Tuyen from the University of Sciences, drop in groundwater level has left empty spaces in the earth’s womb, causing depressions. If this situation is not prevented in time, it will cause unforeseen consequences, affecting the City’s transport infrastructure and buildings.

Inspection shows that depression exists in many areas in District 6 and Binh Tan District.

On September 11, HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment held a meeting to discuss measures to limit groundwater exploitation in the City.

By Minh Xuan – Translated by Thuy Doan

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