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Local tap water safe from toxic spill in Xin'an River

SHANGHAI'S drinking water supply should not be affected by the chemical spill in the Xin'an River in neighboring Zhejiang Province, a local engineer assured some disturbed Shanghai residents.

Chen Guoguang, senior engineer of the Municipal Water Supply Monitoring Center, said the city's tap water mainly comes from the Yangtze River and part of it is from the Huangpu River, which is far from the Xin'an River.

He said Xin'an River is not connected with the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers.

On Saturday, a truck crashed into a chemical tanker loaded with 20 tons of phenol, which leaked onto the highway and was washed by a heavy rain into the nearby Xin'an River.


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