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Three Gorges reservoir water 'clean again'

Shanghai Daily, August 18, 2014 Adjust font size:

Water in a reservoir in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region appears to be clean again following a pollution incident last week, officials said yesterday.

Workers set up a temporary pipeline taking unpolluted water upstream of the affected Qianzhangyan Reservoir to provide mains water supplies for affected residents. [Photo/Xinhua]

And all of the 50,000 people who had their tap water cut off as a result will be reconnected to alternative sources by Wednesday, they added.

Last Wednesday, water in the Qianzhangyan Reservoir, in Chongqing City in southwest China, was polluted by untreated waste water discharged by an sulfur concentrate washery in neighboring Hubei Province.

Residents in three nearby towns were alarmed to find pungent-smelling green and then black water flowing from their taps.

Supplies were suspended, leaving them reliant of supplies brought in by the local government and fire department.

But yesterday, following purification treatment, the government of Wushan County announced that the water seemed clean.

Following 11 hours of chemical purification between 8pm Saturday and 7am yesterday, water in Qianzhangyan Reservoir is clear again, said the county government.

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