By Erik Crouch
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It may not be as exciting as 15,000 dead pigs, but Beijing’s firmly extended middle-finger to World Water Day is still making headlines. A 23,000 square-meter mountain of garbage has been overflowing into rivers leading to Beijing’s water supply; even on a good day, the taps in China’s capital city don’t exactly pour out Perrier. Now, residents are concerned that pollutants from decades-old garbage and animal carcasses will be mixed in with their showers and tea.
South China Morning Post reports:
Xinglong county began depositing rubbish in Qingsongling rubbish dump in 1989. Once a 50-metre deep valley, the rubbish dump was completely full when it was closed in 2009. […] The report said every time heavy rains hit the region, floods carry garbage along a small river to the Yangzhuang reservoir, which connects to Jinhai Lake, Beijing’s major water resource. […]
Chen Liwen, a researcher for Green Beagle Environment Institute, added that the rubbish in the dump would gradually pollute the soil beneath and nearby, causing the heavy metal content to exceed safety standards.
Every summer swarms of flies and bad smells plague residents of Longwo, which is situated close to the site.
Villagers told the News, “The white wall would turn to black,” when asked how many flies were there.