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Industrial zone faces probe over 'blue' river

PUDONG New Area's environment watchdog is investigating an industrial zone in Hangtou Town after about 300-meter stretch of a river there turned blue.

Pictures posted by residents online showed blue sewage was being discharged from rain water pipes into the river. Some amount of oil slick was also found on the surface of the water.

"Sometimes the river turns white or black or even red," a resident said yesterday. He said it has been like this for a year.

Though residents no longer drink from the river that was quite clear several years ago, some still use river water for cooking, he said.

"The river stinks and we can see many dead fish floating. Some part of the river has become rock solid," a resident said. When it turns black, it stops flowing, pictures posted by the residents seem to suggest.

Local residents believe that some factories at the nearby Dabai Bay Industrial Zone could be the culprits and complained to the township government.

"Officials have been sent to the scene to investigate," the township government said on its official microblog yesterday.

The Pudong environmental protection authorities have also promised to investigate the matter.


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