Thousands Without Drinking Water After Wastewater Enters Chinese River

Aug. 20, 2007

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, based in Hong Kong, has said that a wastewater leak in china has affected at least 20,000 people in the region, leaving residents without clean drinking water.

According to the Edie Newsroom a local factory dumped wastewater containing arsenic into the river. After the spill, locals in the town of Chongan in the Guizhou province were warned to not eat, transport or sell the fish.

The fish deaths were attributed to the excessive levels of fluorine phosphate and arsenium in the river, which also left a foul-smelling odor. After the incident, the river was left murky with fish floating as far away as five kilometers from the site of the incident.

The Edie Newsroom reports that this incident is just another in a string of polluted rivers across China that have left thousands of residents without water.

Last month, a river polluted in the Shuyang County in Jiangsu Province left 200,000 people without tap water.

The Edie Newsroom also noted that state reports said that the string of water crises might force China to adopt a new national compulsory drinking water safety standard to secure safe water supplies for citizens.

Source: Edie Newsroom

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