MARCH 29 2011 19:29h
South Korea warns of contaminated water
The country's Environment Ministry said water quality at about 3,000 underground water sources within a 300-yard radius of animal burial sites across the nation was tested, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Analysis found 143 sources showing high rates of bacteriological contamination beyond water quality standards, officials said.
"The first round of analysis showed that a considerable number of underground water sources contained pollutants beyond the standard," a spokesman for the National Environmental Research Institute said. "We are analyzing details of whether the water sources were polluted by leachate from the burial sites or contaminated from waste water from nearby cattle sheds."
The ministry said it would notify nearby residents not to use the contaminated water.
Last week, South Korea eased a nationwide alert against foot-and-mouth disease, which has cost about $2.6 billion over the past four months and led to the slaughtering of 3.4 million livestock.
SEOUL, March 29 (UPI) -- South Korean officials said Tuesday some underground water sources near burial sites of livestock culled for diseases are polluted with organic contaminants.