Red-Coloured River Does Not Affect Drinking Water Say Chinese Officials

Water flows red in a Chinese river with authorities insisting it would not affect the local drinking water supply.

The affected water was in the Minjiang River which flows through Chuanzhusi in Songpan County, which is in China’s Sichuan Province, and was captured in a video shot on 31st May.

The Songpan County Ecological Environment Bureau and the Songpan County Water Affairs Bureau issued a notice the same day confirming that they had received an emergency report from the Chuanzhusi Town People’s Government that the water in the Chuanzhusi section of the Minjiang River was abnormally red.

Songpan County immediately organised the ecological environment, water affairs and other departments to conduct a joint investigation.

On-site inspections revealed the abnormal water body extended about two kilometres (1.2 miles), and the water flowed brown-red.

The Songpan County Ecological Environment Bureau immediately collected samples and sent them to professional testing institutions for inspection, and at the same time comprehensively investigated the impact on drinking water along the Minjiang River.

It said that the water had no dangerous levels of heavy metals and was classified as non-toxic.

Experts have been called in to investigate further and find out the cause of the abnormal colour in the river.

The water in the Minjiang River is abnormally red, it has been tested and is non-toxic. The phenomenon occurs in Chuanzhus section of the Minjiang River in Sichuan, China, on 31 May 2024. (@95577407510/Asia Wire)

Online commentators like ‘Half A Cigarette’ said: “This is normal, it rained heavily.”

And user ‘User 3084892’ said: “It must be heavy rain in the mountains, or a landslide.”

While the user ‘User Ni4ls4k’ said: “It may be because of the soil, red soil.”

To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below. Story By: Aloysius Fernandes, Sub-Editor: Simona Kitanovska, Agency: AsiaWire Report

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