GUANGZHOU, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A case of water
pollution was reported Friday in Sanchajiang River of Wuchuan City in south
China's Guangdong Province, posing a threat to the safety of drinking water for
nearly 40,000 locals.
Fish were found dead in large quantity at eight
ponds of a fishery farm at Lingtou Village in Changqi Township, said the farm
owner, surnamed Pan. He estimated the loss at more than 200,000 yuan (25,000
Nearby townships also reported a large number of dead
fish and poisoning cases of livestock.
According to the local government, the polluted belt
was about eight kilometers long. Water at the polluted belt turns brown in
The pollution has affected the life of about 40,000
people. Thelocal government has already ordered waterworks at the polluted areas
to stop fetching water from the river and urged all local markets to stop
selling aquatic products to avoid food poisoning cases.
Currently, hospitals in Wuchuan City have not
received any people who are poisoned by polluted water or by eating polluted
Preliminary investigation shows that the pollutants
were illegally discharged by an enterprise at the river's upstream, according to
the Wuchuan city environmental protection bureau.
By press time, investigation into the cause of the
pollution is still going on and experts estimate that the quality of water in
the river will resume normal in upcoming two or three days.