Why Do These People Living by a River Get Water From Far Away?

Villagers in Yuwi city are taking water from the river mouth outside the village. (Image: Sinanews.com)
Villagers in Yuwi city are taking water from the river mouth outside the village. (Image: Sinanews.com)

Where do you draw the line when it comes to water pollution? If local residents don’t use the water, would you dare to?

Tuanjie reservoir was the only drinkable water source for Chen Village in Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province. But a landfill was built right next to it 10 years ago.

According to Sina News, a resident said the local government appropriated tens of thousands of yuan for cleaning and dredging the river, but then didn’t actually remove the silt.

Afraid that the dirty water would affect their health, many residents stopped using the water there.

They chose to take water from the river mouth outside the village instead.

The village chief, Chen Shao Yau, sent a water sample to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Yiwu City for testing, but something strange happened.

Over a week after the first water quality test on July 10, CDC staff asked for a new sample for retesting. When the final report was released on Aug. 18, it said the water quality was acceptable. Chen’s request to see the report for the first sample was rejected.

The image below is clearer than any so-called test results. It shows a water filter before use, and another after half a month of usage in that area.

 

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Filters before and after being used to clean the local water. (Image: dfic.cn)

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