A city in southern China shut down running water for eight hours after a smelter dumped chemicals in a river, residents said Wednesday, a month after a toxic spill in a northeastern river disrupted water supplies to millions. The twin disasters highlighted China's chronic environmental problems and the precarious state of its scarce water supplies. Running water in Shaoguan, north of Hong Kong in Guangdong province, was shut off Tuesday from about 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m., according to employees of three hotels in the city's downtown district
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