Water supply resumes after pollution scare

Updated: 2007-07-05 08:42

SHUYANG, Jiangsu -- By 6 p.m Wednesday, water supplies were restored to 200,000 people in Shuyang county of east China's Jiangsu Province after being stopped for 50 hours because ammonia nitrogen had polluted a local river, the latest local government source confirmed.

An inspection showed that water quality at the local water plant met national standards by the time, the county disease control authorities said.

Harmful substances were detected in the water at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the level of 28 mg per cubic meter, about three times the upper limit for drinkable water.

An initial investigation indicated the pollution could had been caused by industrial sewage from chemical plants on the upper reaches of the Xinyi River, which originates in Shandong Province.

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