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Oil leak shuts off water supplies in Jiangxi

27 February 2013
Water supplies in Yongxiu county in the eastern province of Jiangxi were expected to resume on 26 February after they were cut off by pollution caused by a leak from an oil pipeline run by a unit of Sinopec, Xinhua reported.

Tap water supplies to 60,000 people in the county were suspended on 25 February due to a polluted intake used by a water utility on the Liaohe River, local authorities said. Straw and oil-absorbing felt were sent to Wucheng, 49km from the leak, to prevent the pollution from flowing into Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake.

The pipeline run by the Jiujiang unit of Sinopec was shut off, Yongxiu county government said on its website.

Water pollution has become a serious problem in China. The rapid expansion of cities, over-use of fertilisers and toxic chemicals and emissions from industries have contributed to the problem, according to a recent People’s Daily article. More than 50 per cent of the country’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted.

     
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