Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    2 / -9   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

S China city to build new drinking water source after toxic spill

(Xinhua)

08:54, February 07, 2012

NANNING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- A southern Chinese city on Monday announced a plan to build an alternative drinking water source after a spill of toxic cadmium in a river threatened drinking water supplies for millions.

The city government in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said in a statement that it will build a reservoir on the Guchang River with a storage capacity of 100 million cubic meters.

The city now completely relies on the Liujiang River for tap water, and the reservoir on Guchang River will offer a second choice.

The reservoir is designed to help to meet the city's demand for two months in the summer and three months in the winter, the city government said.

Cadmium pollution was first detected in the Longjiang River on Jan. 15 in Hechi, and it later spread to the downstream Liujiang River, threatening water security in Liuzhou, a city with 1.5 million permanent residents.

Days of cleanup efforts have managed to bring down the pollution levels near or within the official limit, the statement said. The contamination has killed many fish and triggered panic buying of bottled water.

Seven government officials in Hechi, including the city environmental protection chief, have been dismissed from their posts after the toxic spill.

The authorities in Hechi city Sunday said they will relocate all smelting plants within five years in response to the toxic spill of the cancer-causing cadmium.

Investigations found two factories, one producing a dye product called lithopone without a license, and the other a metallurgical chemical plant, were responsible for the incident. They had illegally discharged highly contaminated sewage.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:燕勐)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Canadian PM and his wife in Beijing

  2. Canadian PM and his wife in Beijing

  3. Sandhill cranes seen in E China's Jiangsu

  4. Railway workers at post during festival

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Preventing UNSC from becoming a rubber stamp
  2. Drums of war beating again in Middle East
  3. American society at crossroads
  4. Values are thin excuses to start new wars
  5. Li Ning to lower costs, improve effeciency
  6. EU cannot act as sole toll bearer of the skies
  7. Avoiding civil war in Syria
  8. Trade essential for growth
  9. Cadmium pollution cleanup measures safe, effective
  10. Chinese consumers fill big Western shoes abroad

What's happening in China

P2P lending a new platform for micro loans

  1. China to divide water functional areas
  2. Simpler visa procedures are passport to success
  3. 6,900 ticket scalpers arrested in China travel rush
  4. Why eating chocolate could harm your health
  5. Resort restaurant shut for ripping off diners

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai