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Creek's polluters facing crackdown

LOCAL sanitation and water authorities are to crack down on restaurants and barges illegally dumping waste or fuel into the water.

The problem surfaced after heavy rainfall in the past few days when grease and garbage was flushed down Suzhou Creek. Despite workers' clean-up efforts, dead fish have been spotted floating in the polluted water.

"Normally the main water channel of the creek is clean," said a cleaner, surnamed Chen, who works for the local environmental protection administration.

"But with the heavy downpours recently, huge amount of grease and home scraps were brought here."

Officials said waste and oil should be processed before being dumped. And it is forbidden to dump them directly into the water.

Suzhou Creek has been radically improved after a clean-up began 12 years ago.


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