BEIJING, Nov. 24 -- The Party head of Jilin City,
where a chemical plant exploded on November 13, and the plant's owner,
PetroChina Company Ltd, have apologized to Harbin citizens for the contamination
of the Songhua River, the main water supply point for Harbin, Beijing News
The Harbin government cut the city's water supply for
four days because of fears of contamination and schools there have been shut
until next Wednesday.
PetroChina has offered 60 water tankers to Harbin and
helped to dig wells for ground water.
People in Jilin Province seldom drink water from the
Songhua, but 90 percent of the drinking water in Harbin comes from it, said Zhai
Pingyang, an official of Heilongjiang environment institute.
He said many chemical plants beside the Songhua in
Jilin Province had been pouring polluted water into the river for decades and
the two provinces had negotiated about the situation many times.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)