The story appears on

Page A2

January 13, 2013

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

Tap water to resume after creek polluted

WATER treatment plants in Shanghai's suburban Songjiang District are expected to resume supplies today, provided quality is back to normal, the water authority said yesterday.

Operations had been suspended after chemical pollutants were discharged into a creek from where supplies are drawn.

Residents in Maogang Town, Songjiang, are advised to let their taps run for 20 to 30 minutes to flush out any polluted water once operations resume, before starting to use it.

Nearly 30,000 residents in the town had to line up for the water delivered by fire engines again yesterday as water in Maogang Water Plant failed quality tests.

Air quality in the affected areas had returned to normal.

Supplies of bottled water in the affected Songjiang and Jinshan districts were stable, said authorities.

Also yesterday, Shanghai government released its latest report on the polluting incident - the biggest this year.

It said the discharge was caused by a leak from a chemical carrier boat during loading at the dock at 7153 Jinzhang Highway, Jinshan District. Previously, a tanker truck had been a suspect.

Three people on board the vessel and a director of the Jinwei Chemicals Co have been detained, with another three suspects on bail, officials said.

Shanghai government said the pollutants - mostly benzene compounds, including styrene - leaked from an illegally installed valve which was not fully shut down during loading on Jueshigang Creek at around 10am Thursday.

At 6:30pm, the pollutants began dispersing with the tide, and emitting a smell that alerted residents in Zhujing and Maogang towns in Jinshan and Songjiang districts. The pollution covered an area of seven kilometers.

Liu Langjian, captain of the ship, two crew members and Xi Jianping, director of Jinwei Chemicals, were detained.

Wang Shuiqi, a manager of Xueyan Logistics, Yu Jiongjiong, a manager of Nande Space Division Logistics, and Liu Jiandong, owner of the dock, are on bail.

Liu Langjian said he did not know the valve was not fully closed and insisted the discharge was not deliberate.

"I saw some oil-like stuff in the water, went to check and found there was a leak from the valve," Liu told Shanghai television news yesterday.

"I grew up drinking the water from the creek, so how would I do such thing as to pollute it?"

"I want to say sorry to everyone. We didn't know we'd been so careless," he added.

Police found that the dock at 7153 Jinzhang Highway was not licenced for chemicals handling.

The investigation was continuing last night.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend