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Authorities have confirmed the water quality in the Tingjiang River, Fujian Province is almost been back to normal. The river was severely contaminated by acidic water spilled from the Zijin Mining Company.
Millions of fish were killed or poisoned in the Tingjiang River once the accident occurred July 3rd. 60,000 locals are facing drinking water problems. They have resorted to well water, but some worry that groundwater is no longer safe.
The local government set up 8 quality monitoring stations to closely watch the water. Friday, statistics show the water quality has greatly improved.
Su Yaopei, director of Environmental Protection Bureau, said, "We test the water quality four times a day. And the PH value for the water in the reservoir is just above 6, and the copper content is more than 0.02 miligram per liter, which is a small amount."
The local government shut down the mine for investigation. It also asked Zijin to buy the dead fish from the fishermen at a higher price than in the market as compensation.
At the same time, authorities strengthened management on food safety, preventing the poisoned fish from entering the market.
More than 9,000 cubic meters of waste water penetrated a sewage tank and flowed through a drainage culvert into the Tingjiang River. The waterway was severely contaminated, and thousands of fish died in Shanghang county of Fujian Province.