Yiiiikes. Pollution in a river near the Chunshen Harbor in Shanghai has turned the water an incredibly unnatural shade of blue.
IB Times reports that the bright blue water is the result of the Changqiao Water Plant in Xuhui District that releases colored waste water into the river linking to the Dingpu and Huangpu rivers.
The Xuhui Water Authority said that the color is from chlorine disinfection used in tap water. While it claims the chemical is nontoxic, it has warned the water plant to improve its discharge system.
The city’s water census showed that more than half of Shanghai’s rivers and lakes are heavily polluted with their beds seriously contaminated. Only three percent of rivers and lakes achieved better than Grade III, a level that indicates the water can be used for residents and aquaculture.
[Images via: Sohu news and Xinmin.cn]