» 05/12/2005, 00.00
Pearl River pollution a serious concern
Water treatment plants are built only in cities, whilst farmers must put up with polluted water. Official reports indicate that the Pearl River dumps more 133,000 tonnes of waste into the sea.
Sichuan: govt admits river water contamination, causes panic in population
In Mianyang, a city of 300,000, thousands of people rushed to buy bottled water standing in line well into the night. Municipal authorities pledge to provide water for everyone, saying the crisis will be soon over. However, people do not trust them.
28/04/2009 CENTRAL ASIA
Water as a hot bone of contention for Central Asian nations
Five-nation forum ends without any agreement. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan want to build hydroelectric plants but this would reduce water flow downstream, essential for the other three countries. In the meantime the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest lake, has now shrunk by 90 per cent.
Controlling pollution a tough job for the government
The 2004 report by the State Environmental Protection Administration says pollution control is a tough job to do. Industrial development and local authorities dragging their feet are preventing the clean-up of waterways.
White froth in river, lead below the water table
The Ying River, a tributary of the Huai River, has a 500-metre long white frothy slick moving downstream. Meanwhile in a small village in Hunan province half of the residents show signs of lead poisoning. As local fields wither trees die. Residents must get water from wells located hundreds of metres away since pollution has reached the local water table.
Cadmium spill in the Beijiang River leaves millions of people without water
A state-owned smelting plant releases a toxic slick. The river supplies water to big cities and millions of people in Guangdong province. The accident occurred last week but was revealed only yesterday.
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