ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / SocietyTop NewsPoliticsSocietyBusinessCover StoryScience/TechPeoplePhotosMetro BeijingRegionalLanzhou admits to problems in water supplyBy Xu Wei(China Daily) Updated:2014-04-16 01:19Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe recent contamination of tap water in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, has exposed weaknesses in the citys management, especially its failure to supervise Lanzhou Veolia Water Co, the main supplier of water to the city, according to a city government spokesperson.On Friday, authorities found levels of benzene, a chemical used in making plastics and which is known to cause cancer, that far exceeded national safety limits in the tap water of two districts in Lanzhou. Authorities turned off the supply of water to one district and warned residents not to drink the tap water for the next 24 hours. The contamination affected more than 2 million residents.The water supply was resumed in all of the citys districts on Monday after test results showed that the level of benzene was below the national limit of 10 micrograms per liter.
On Tuesday, Wang Ning, spokesman for the Lanzhou city government, said at a news conference that the incident exposed the citys failure to adequately manage Lanzhou Veolia, a joint venture established in 2007 that supplies water to 2.4 million people in four districts of downtown Lanzhou.The city has a total population of more than 3.6 million.
Wang said at the conference that the city government will regularly test for benzene in the tap water “in accordance with the industry structure of the city”. Veolia will also brief local residents on the quality of its water on a monthly basis.
Zheng Zhiqiang, deputy head of a government team tasked with investigating the incident, told China National Radio that the team will look into whether the company delayed its reporting of the contamination.
Zheng said the team found that the company detected levels of benzene in the tap water as early as April 2, although the level of benzene was only slightly above the national limit.
Veolia Water Co said on Monday that the companys detection of benzene in the tap water on April 10 was “pure coincidence” because benzene is an item that the company only tests for every six months.The company said it was testing the tap water quality in Lanzhou as part of a project with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development when it detected the contamination.
The city government has begun a project to retrofit the concrete duct between Veolias water stations with iron pipelines. The project is expected to be completed in three months.
But the authoritys actions have failed to comfort many local residents. On Monday, the Lanzhou Intermediate Peoples Court rejected a lawsuit filed by five city residents who sought civil damages, a public apology and data from water quality tests over the past year from Lanzhou Veolia.
The court said on its official micro blog that it rejected the lawsuits based on Chinese law. According to Chinas Civil Procedure Law, the only parties that can file lawsuits are government agencies and related organizations.
Wu Tianying, a lawyer who lives in the citys Chengguan district, said he has filed a lawsuit against Lanzhou Veolia at the court in Lanzhous Xigu district. Wu demanded data from water quality tests over the past year, a health examination for him and his family members and compensation of 1 yuan (16 US cents).Xue Chaohua in Lanzhou contributed to this story.8.03KRelated StoriesWater company refutes pollution claimsTap water company denies pollution cover-upLanzhou govt gives all clear for tap water after contaminationOil leak blamed for tap water contaminationPhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsMore female officials caught in corruptionWhampoa veterans recorded with gloryPolice bust 9 terrorist groups in XinjiangKnife-wielding attackers seized in XinjiangNew regulation leads to drop in petitioned casesHunan plant shut as probe into lead poisoning beginsPolice boost efforts to combat gamblingProject offers jobs openings to legal expertsExperts: Dog meat festival illegalNation looks to upgradepipeline networksSquare dancing in Russias most famous square. And a family suspects a man who drowned in a fishing pond after police released him was tortured.HighlightsTaking a leaf out of the book of natureFans cup runneth overXinjiang gets up to speedChinas West Point a beaconHot TopicsDog meat festivalXinjiang attackersHagibisLead poisoningDeath penaltiesEnvironmental graftSpace travelCrackdown on cultsComfort womenhukouSpecialCrackdown on terrorist attacksSpecial: College candidates face ultimate test…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263 Registration Number: 130349