Pollution got worse in east Anhui's Chaohu Lake last month as
more chemical fertilizer was flushed into the lake during the rainy
season, Xinhua News Agency said today.
Chaohu Lake was classified as more polluted in August than the
medium pollution in July due to excessive phosphor at the west half
of the lake, the provincial environmental protection bureau has
More nutrient substances, which many algae live on, were
detected in the lake last month than the previous month.
Three of the nine branches of the lake were badly polluted, one
medium polluted and five lightly polluted, said the bureau.
The total amount of water pollutants discharged into the lake
didn't see significant increase in August, Xiao Pu, a senior
official with the bureau, told Xinhua.
Xiao attributed the worsening situation to the frequent rains in
July and early August. A huge amount of chemical fertilizers were
flushed from plants into the lake.
Chaohu Lake, which got its name from its bird nest shape, is
located between the cities of Hefei and Chaohu in Anhui. It covers
about 13,000 square kilometers.
(Shanghai Daily September 4, 2007)