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Learn from Past Disasters
    2007-06-10 11:03:35     CRIENGLISH.com

An outbreak of algae contaminated the waters of east China's Taihu Lake, affecting more than two million residents of Wuxi city at the end of May. After declaring early this week the city's water supply to be safe, top city officials drank a cup of boiled tap water in an effort to alleviate remaining concerns.

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An article in Qilu Evening News calls this action a positive posture on the officials' part, but it questions whether a cup of water is enough to overcome public criticism over official handling of the algae outbreak.

Local government officials have been criticized for remaining silent in the early days of the crisis.

Days after the public became aware of the foul-smelling tap water the local government finally announced the cause of the problem and that measures would be taken.

The paper says drinking the boiled tap water may be effective crisis management, but the public prefers to see officials learn from experience so that swifter action may be taken in the future.

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