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City cuts tap water supplies

MORE than 58,000 people will have to stop using running water for three days as Chifeng City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region sanitizes a tap water system.

The tap water supply will be resumed in 72 hours if water quality meets national standards within the period, said a notice issued yesterday by the city government.

Altogether 4,215 people have sought treatment for gastro-intestinal illness after the tap water supply was contaminated by rainfall on July 23. No death or serious illness had been reported as of yesterday. A contaminated well provides tap water for Chifeng's "new city center," a 17-square-kilometer area with a population of 58,000, said Zheng Fengjun, a local official.


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