A chemical spill was found to have contaminated a river in a
Sichuan Province since last Tuesday and has disrupted the water
supply of around 20,000 people.
A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi River in Guanyin
Town of Sichuan Province polluted the water when more than
permitted levels of toxic pollutants were released into a 100
kilometer stretch of water around the city of Yibin.
An official from the environmental protection bureau of Yibin
said the amount of fluoride in the Yuexi River was much higher than
normal and there were excessive levels of nitrogen and phenol in
The spill was discovered on Tuesday when an employee of the
local water supply company noticed water at the intake point had
Residents have been relying on water trucked in from a town over
23 kilometers away. And although the local government pressed six
fire trucks into service the supply has not been able to meet
The local government activated an emergency plan -- suspending
water supply in Guanyin and trucking in 20 tons of water from
another town on Wednesday to provide temporary relief.
Liu could not say what levels of pollutants had gone into the
river. An investigation is being carried out.
(China Daily February 20, 2006)