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Jiangxi Water Supplies Return to Normal

NANCHANG, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Tap water supplies resumed Tuesday noon in Yongxiu County in east China's Jiangxi Province after an oil leak at its water intake at a river, local authorities said.

 

At 11:30 a.m., the Yongxiu County Tap Water Company resumed supplies as water quality at the intake on the Liaohe River met the standards after pollution, the Yongxiu County government said.

 

Tap water for 60,000 people in the county was cut on Monday due to a polluted water intake used by a tap-water company on the Liaohe River.

 

An initial investigation attributed the pollution to an oil pipeline leak upstream. The pipeline has been shut off and the leak has been sealed.

 

The pipeline has been shut off and the leak has been sealed.

 

It has been confirmed that the substance leaked from the pipeline was 93-octane gasoline. The leak lasted 12 to 18 hours, with 2 metric tons of gasoline leaking per hour, according to an initial investigation.

 

Local environmental authorities have sent straw, oil-absorbing felt and suction strands to Wucheng to prevent the polluted water from flowing into the Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake.

 

Wucheng is at the intersection of five rivers in the province and near Poyang Lake, the country's largest fresh water lake.

 

Neighboring Duchang county had water supplies cut at 11 pm on Monday over fears that the drinking water had been polluted. After tests showed no signs of pollution, water supplies resumed at 9 am on Tuesday.