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Harbin resumes water supply
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-27 18:04:20

 


Governor of Heilongjiang Province Zhang Zuoji takes the first drink after the water supply was resumed at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. (Xinhua photo)

    HARBIN, Nov. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Northeast Chinese city of Harbin resumed water supply at 6:00 p.m. Sunday since cutoff Wednesday over pollution fears, as Governor of Heilongjiang Province Zhang Zuoji took the first drink after resumption.

    FIRST DRINK SHOWS WATER QUALITY RECOVERS

    The governor had his drink in the house of the 75-year-old citizen Pang Yucheng, who is living in the Daoli District of Harbin.

    "I took the first drink to fulfil the government's solemn promise made a few days ago to the citizens that water supply willbe restored," Zhang said.

    "It was also meant to reassure the public and dispel their worries," he added.


Workers at Harbin water supply plant get ready at a pumping station on Sunday, Nov. 27.(Xinhua photo)

    The water quality at Sifangtai, the water source site in the upper reach of Harbin section of the Songhua River, has met the national standards from 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and the main pollution slick in the Songhua River has left the section of Harbin Sunday morning, according to local environmental authorities.

    The latest inspection result shows that by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday no benzene was found in the water at Sifangtai, while the nitrobenzene level has met the national standard with a concentration of 0.0034 milligrams/liter, said Lin Qiang, spokesman for the Heilongjiang Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau.

    "The water is safe and reliable," said Wan Likui, director of the Public Health Inspection Institute with the Heilongjiang Provincial Disease Prevention and Control Center.

    "All the indicators show the water quality has met the national standards," she told Xinhua.

    "We feel much relieved when we saw the governor took the first drink and we have nothing to worry about any more," said Ma Zhixin,wife of Pang Yucheng.

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