Starbucks closes seven Hanoi stores amid contaminated water crisis

Other chains have turned to suppliers in response.

Starbucks in Vietnam has temporarily closed seven stores in Hanoi’s southwestern districts due to an ongoing oil contamination crisis.

Citing a customer service agent, VNExpress reported that the closed stores are located in Cau Giay, Ha Dong and Nam Tu Liem districts, all of which use water that comes from the Da River in Hoa Binh Province.

No reopening date has been set.

Other coffee chains in Hanoi southwestern districts of Hanoi have remained open, with managers explaining that they are getting clean water from a supplier.

The issue reportedly started due to a 2.5 ton truck seen dumping used oil into a mountain creek in Phu Minh Commune, Hoa Binh Province. The oil spread and contaminated the tap water for about one million Hanoi residents.

Tap water has since passed safety tests, but Hanoi officials advise consumers against drinking or cooking with it.

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