China treats polluted water after chemical plant blast

Approximately 18,000 cubic metres of polluted water from the site of a deadly blast in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province have been transported to sewage treatment facilities in two nearby chemical facilities for temporary storage.

This comes after a deadly explosion that occurred last Thursday, following a fire that broke out in a plant owned by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. in a chemical park in Xiangshui County, Yancheng City. The explosion killed 78 people and wounded hundreds as of Monday afternoon.

The acidic wastewater was from a pit formed after the explosion, which currently measures about 120 metres in diameter and is 1.7 metres deep.

According to rescue headquarters, the polluted water was first neutralised with alkaline substances and then transported through pipelines to the sewage treatment facilities. Headquarters added that it would use lime to neutralise and solidify the acidic pollutants at the bottom of the pit, treating the wastewater as dangerous waste together with polluted soil.