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Polluter of canal suspended

SHANGHAI'S suburban Jinshan District government said yesterday it had located the source of a canal's pollution reported on Monday, and the suspected guilty factory was ordered to suspend operation.

The factory and pollutants that turned the Zhong Canal yellow were not identified.

The water quality of the polluted canal and the creeks around it has returned to normal after 13.3 million cubic meters of clean water was flushed into the canal from Monday to Wednesday, the government said.

Although the pollution was close to the water plant in the Shihua area of the district, the water supply was not affected, the government said.

"We stopped taking water from the canal as soon as we found the pollution and switched to other creeks through our system," said an official surnamed Huang. "The water quality of the area was not affected."

The pollution was first spotted on May 21, according to the Oriental Morning Post. Yellow water flowed at least two kilometers in the canal, and the density of iron in the sample water was higher than standard. The pollution recurred on Monday.


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