Related: Water pollution affects 200,000 in E.
Water supply has returned to normal in the urban areas in Shuyang County,
east China's Jiangsu Province Wednesday morning after a 40-hour suspension
caused by pollution that reportedly affected more than 200,000 local people.
|A local resident, Li Jinping, presses a
waterless tap at her home in Shuyang County, east China's Jiangsu Province
on July 3, 2007. Water pollution has caused close of the county's water
supply system in urban area since Monday, affecting 200,000 local
residents, government sources said on Tuesday. [Xinhua]|
Examination results of sample water show the level of lead, ammonia,
and azote per cubic water stood at 0.00099 mg and 0.49 mg
respectively, which is up to national standard for drinking water, sources with the
local disease control and prevention center said.
Harmful substances were detected in the water at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and the
level of 28 mg ammonia and azote per cubic meter is about 34 times the
upper limit for drinkable water.
An initial investigation indicated water pollutants from
upper reaches of the Xinyi River, which originated in Shandong Province, entered
the Shuyang Section at a speed of 350 cubic meters per second, causing the level
of ammonia and azote in every cubic of water 34 times the standard for drinkable
The county government had asked Shandong to help trace the pollution to its
Emergency plans were started to ensure the drinking water supply for
local residents, with alternative water supplies from 33 unpolluted
wells. Warnings of the pollution were issued through TV, broadcast and
The county had also diverted water from Hongze Lake into local water sources
to dilute the pollutants, a spokesman with the county government said.
Jiangsu suffered another water crisis at the end of May, when a severe
blue-green algae outbreak left tap water undrinkable for a week for half of the
2.3 million residents in Wuxi city.
Barely two weeks after the water returned normal, satellite pictures captured
on June 15 indicated another algae bloom spanning 800 square kilometers in the
central-western and northern parts of the lake, causing wide-spread concern in
cities along China's third largest fresh water lake.