Since 2002, the non-profit environmental organization Greenpeace has launched an ongoing investigation into China’s industrial water pollution. Over the years, the investigation has exposed a variety of methods used by various industries to conceal their water pollution discharge. Here are some of the images that volunteers have captured during their investigations.
Through concealment, manufacturers across China make drained water look clean and unpolluted, but in fact, they use a camouflaged sewer tile to carry off sewerage secretly. Two sewers were found in Gao Ping Industrial Park, which is located in the Triangle town of Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.
Greenpeace volunteers found this sewer tile when they were investigating in the vicinity of the Jilin Petrochemical Company. It was covered up with large plastic sheeting, so the discharge of sewerage was concealed.
A chemical plant in Haimen Chemical Industry Park, located in the fishing village in Jiangsu, discharging wastewater into the Yangtze River.
A sewer tile was draining toxic water under the cover of darkness.
The sewerage of the chemical plant was discharged into the sea while the tide was flowing.
When Greenpeace members were investigating water pollution in the Pearl River Basin, they found a sewerage pipe that was draining wastewater hidden in the woods.
A large amount of purple effluent poured out of the sewerage pipe, and directly flowed into the Fenghua River.
A sewer pipe near Fenghua River was draining late at night in the Ningbo Youngor Textile Industrial City.
A huge pipe continuously discharged effluent into the Qiantang River. After an investigation, the pipe was found to belong to the Shaoxing Water Treatment Development Co.
Greenpeace found carcinogenic substances in the waterfront of the Qiantang River due to the outfall from the nearby Xiaoshan Linjiang Sewage Treatment factory.
The wastewater from a chemical plant of Chongqing Wanzhou was found to have contaminated the Yangtze River.
A paper mill in Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, was found to have discharged wastewater into the Liao River through a ditch from the mill.
An effluent pipe at the Yellow Sea coastline was found to be buried in the beach, extending into the deep sea.
A pipe extending into the deep sea was found to have flowed into the sluice from upstream. The sluice belongs to the Ziya River, which is in Xian County, Hebei Province.
This photo was taken at the Tianmashan Purification Station of Anhui Tongling, which is responsible for processing the sewerage from a gold washing plant.
The washing effluent from the Tianmashan gold mine was found to have flowed into the Yangtze River through the Heisha River.