18 March 2019

Panic buying as pollution forces Wuhan to turn off taps

Water pollution concerns sparked a surge in bottled water sales in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, on Thursday, after tests showed the portion of the Hanjiang River crossing the populous city contained excessive amounts of ammonia-nitrogen, China Daily reported.

Water coming from two major water suppliers in the city, which has a population of 10.22 million, was stopped before entering the central water supply network, local government officials were quoted as saying.

The Baihezui and Yushidun plants suspended production around 4pm and 7pm, respectively, affecting more than 300,000 users, the report said. As of 9pm, water supply in Wuhan had been up to standard, the city government said in a statement.

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