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Rain exposes polluting practices along Suzhou Creek

Shanghai sanitation and water authorities said they would check and crackdown on restaurants or barges along waterways to curb their illegal discharges of wastes or fuel into water.

The problem surfaced after heavy rainfalls in the past days when the greasy waste have been flushed downstream of the Suzhou Creek, city's key waterway which opens to tourism ships.

Sanitary workers are cleaning the waters.

Dead fish have already been spotted floating in the polluted water.

Officials said the wastes and oil should be processed before being charged. Dumping them directly into waters is forbidden in Shanghai.

City vessel management officials said they would strengthen spot-checks during the patrols along local waterways.

Shanghai government has invested 14 billion yuan (US$2.06 billion) on the cleanup of the Suzhou Creek, city's mother river, over the past 12 years.

However, there's still a long way to go to improve water quality, officials said.


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