Reuters reports that people in Lanzhou have rushed to buy bottled water after authorities discovered elevated levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, in tap water:
The water supply was turned off in one district, and officials warned citizens not to drink tapwater for the next 24 hours.
“Lanzhou has shut down the contaminated water supply pipe and deployed activated carbon to absorb the benzene,” local authorities said in a statement.
The water supply
April 13, 2014