City’s Water Supply Unaffected by River Pollution
A spokesperson for the Shenzhen Municipal Water Affairs Bureau said that the city should not worry on the water pollution in the Heijang River since it’s not affecting the city’s water supply. For more than ten years now the city is relying on water supplies coming from the Dongjiang River originating in Jiangxi Province. Also the city keeps a 24 hour watch on local water quality based on sanitary standards.
Several residents raised concerns on local water quality after reports of Hejiang River was contaminated by thallium and cadmium, two heavy metals that were links to local mining. Hejiang River is a tributary of the Xijang River that flows from Guangxi to Guangdong Province and meets with the Xijiang River in Fengkai County in Zaoqing in western Guangdong. Fenkai government reported that the contamination in the upper reaches of the river resulted to fish kill in the lower reaches of the river in the county. People were then warned not to drink from the waterworks along the river and to avoid eating fish products that comes from the river as well.
This prompted the Guangdong Provincial Environment Protection Department initiated emergency treatment measures in efforts to control the pollution. A spokesperson for the department said reports from 11 monitoring stations showed that the contamination is concentrated on a river section in Fengkai County and its spreading to Xijiang River is only minor. So far no reports on casualties human or livestock have been reported.
Macao’s water supply is not affected by the water pollution in Guangdong and the city administration has already taken preventive measures to block any contaminated in entering their main pipelines and increase yield to ensure water safety.