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Jinshan halts factory after canal is polluted

SHANGHAI'S suburban Jinshan District officials said today they have located the source of industrial waste water that polluted a canal after media reported it on Monday and the factory has been ordered to suspend operation.
But the officials did not reveal the name of the factory.
The pollution was spotted in late May when the water of Zhong Canal turned yellow, local residents said.
The water quality of the canal and its nearby creeks returned to normal after 13.3 million cubic meters of clean water was flushed into the canal to wash away pollutants, the officials said.
Although the pollution was close to a water plant in the Shihua area, water supply was not affected. "We stopped taking water from the canal as soon as we found the pollution and switch to other water sources," an official surnamed Huang told Shanghai Daily.
Despite government pledges, many residents rushed to supermarkets to stock up on drinking water, local media reported.
The officials said they are monitoring the canal's water quality around the clock and the spill did not reach other creeks around, officials said.


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