By Erik Crouch
Polluted water in Shanghai suburbs, via Xinmin Evening News http://news.cntv.cn/2013/01/12/ARTI1357977620967159.shtml
Residents in Jinshan and Songjiang districts, southern suburbs of Shanghai, have been receiving emergency water supplies after an illegal chemical dump contaminated their drinking water earlier this week. China’s government-approved drinking water isn’t exactly Perrier, but the recent toxic dump flooded several towns’ rivers with styrene, a chemical that wreaks havoc on the intestines, kidneys, and respiratory system.
According to Global Times:
The cause of the incident was illegal dumping by a tank truck from a local logistics company, and police have detained at least 10 people who may have been involved in the case, the municipal government said Friday morning.
Sixty cleaning vessels were dispatched to clean up the floating chemicals. A dam on the Huangpu River was also shut to prevent the pollutants from spreading.
Residents reportedly “could smell [the contaminated water] even with your windows shut,” and have been receiving shipments of bottled water until the spill is cleaned up. Unfortunately enough, this spill isn’t even one of the most severe water contamination stories this week, let alone the biggest pollution headline.