SHANGHAI: The algae outbreak in the major waterways of Suzhou, East China's
Jiangsu Province, has largely been cleaned up and it will not have any impact on
the tap water supply, the local water authority said yesterday.
The hot and dry weather since late June had contributed to the outbreak, an
"Our department has been stepping up efforts to pump more fresh water into
the waterways to dilute the contamination," Xia Yonglian, an official with the
city's waterway administration, said.
The outbreak will not affect the tap water supply, he said, as that is not
sourced from the waterways.
Cleanup efforts combined with a recent downpour mean the algae has been
"largely cleared up in the city's major waterways", Xia said.
In addition, authorities have dispatched more than 100 boats to clear the
remaining blue algae, he said.
A local newspaper said Suzhou had suffered algae outbreaks before, but not on
A second water official, who asked not to be named, said the outbreak was
also partly caused by the inflow of algae-contaminated water from Taihu Lake.
The country's third-largest freshwater lake was hit by a large-scale algae
outbreak in June, which led to the contamination of the tap water supply to
The provincial government has since vowed to shut down more than 2,100
polluting factories before the end of next year as part of their efforts to
clean up the lake.
The companies are mostly involved in the chemical, metallurgy, printing,
dyeing, paper making and electroplating industries, the Xinhua News Agency said.
According to a plan released on Saturday, Jiangsu water authorities will
eliminate all lake algae outbreaks within five years.
The provincial Party Secretary Li Yuanchao said the "strictest rules" would
be adopted to fight environmental pollution.
In addition to the Taihu Lake outbreak, Jiangsu Province has been hit by
several other algae-induced water pollution scares.
Last week, the water supply in Shuyang was cut off for 40 hours after it was
found to have a yellow tinge and a bad smell.
(China Daily 07/12/2007 page4)