Water for a town of 20,000 has been cut off for several days after untreated toxic wastewater was flushed into a river in southern China, a state newspaper said on Monday.
Officials in Guanyin shut off the water supply last Wednesday because of the pollution, caused by a power plant on the Yuexi River in Sichuan province, said the official China Daily.
Water is being trucked into the town but can’t meet demands, said the report.
Tests were ordered after an official noticed last Tuesday that the water had turned yellow because of high levels of fluoride, nitrogen and carbolic acid, said the newspaper.
See also “Chemical spill disrupts water supply in SW China town” from People’s Daily.