Tap water

February 28, 2013

60,000 affected by E China water pollution

Source: Xinhua News Agency (China), February 25, 2013
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Tap water for 60,000 people was cut off Monday due to the pollution of a water source in east China’s Jiangxi province, government sources said.

Around 10 a.m. Monday, an oily substance was seen floating near a water intake used by a tap water company on the Liaohe River, the environmental protection bureau of Yongxiu county said.

An initial investigation blamed the pollution on an oil pipeline leak upstream. The pipeline has been shut down.

Local environmental authorities have sent workers to clean up the pollution and the tap water network.

The county government has sent fire trucks to bring water to local residents.

No water pollution has been reported in areas near Yongxiu county.


February 15, 2011

Diesel-fuel is the cause of Whitesburg water contamination, official says

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), February 14, 2011
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For the third time in less than three years, Childers Oil in Whitesburg has been tied to pollution that shut down the city’s water system.

Residents smelled petroleum in their tap water Saturday morning, and the municipal treatment plant was immediately shut down. On Monday, after testing and searching all weekend, officials determined that diesel fuel had leaked down a ditch line from the Childers Oil bulk plant upstream from the water treatment plant, said state Division of Water spokeswoman Allison Fleck.

Workers drilled concrete at the plant Monday afternoon, trying to determine precisely which pipe or tank was leaking.

“It was a miniscule amount,” Childers Oil owner Don Childers told the Herald-Leader Monday. “We’re working on it. We haven’t pinpointed a source. For all we know it could have been (someone else) dumping in the ditch line.”

Childers Oil donated pallets of water to be distributed to customers of Whitesburg’s water system.…