Reservoir Runs Red After Industrial Spill in China
(Image: Sina News) The water carries no obvious odor, but workers wear full gear while they try to contain it. (Image: Sina News)
An ink manufacturing plant in Shenzhen is suspected of malpractice after red fluid was found directly below the overflow of a local reservoir on April 16.
The Tiegang Reservoir is the biggest reservoir in the city of Shenzhen with a capacity of 49 million cubic meters of water.
The pollution was spotted by a patrolman, and cleanup work began immediately after the news was reported.
The water to the west of the floodgate was deep red on the surface, and the area to the south was also affected.
Some local residents thought the coloring was due to blood.
Sand bottles are placed at the lower end of the gate to stop the polluted water spreading. (Image: Sina News)
A farmer keeps working the land. (Image: Sina News)
The plant’s effluent is still running, but the water color is now normal. Workers try hard to pump the polluted water out and use chemicals to clear it. (Image: Sina News)
Land south of the floodgate is also affected. (Image: Sina News)