Acid Runoff

via 20 tons of acid spill into drinking water source — Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 — English Window to China New.

A CHEMICAL spill into the Xin’an River, a major source of drinking water for east China’s Zhejiang Province, has led five water utility companies to stop drawing water from the river and triggered panic buying in the provincial capital.

A tanker truck carrying carbolic acid broke down and was hit by another truck.  The estimated 20 tons of spilled acid was then swept into the river by heavy rains.

Of course people panicked, and stores quickly sold out of bottled water.  The Xin’an River supplies drinking water for several cities in Zhejiang Province.

The chemical leak comes just days after China’s Deputy Environment Minister Li Ganjie said that many of the country’s major rivers were so polluted they did not even meet the standards needed for agricultural irrigation.

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