Fifty shoe-company bosses in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, went for a swim in a local river on Monday, apparently to prove that the water wasn’t contaminated. The swim took place before a huge crowd of onlookers, and in extremely chilly, oily waters.
The river had no obvious rubbish floating about, and no peculiar smell, but it was far from clean; locals described the waters as non-transparent and oily. One of the bosses and swimmers, named Lin, said it had been 20 years since anyone dared swim in the polluted river.
Each manager swum for about 300 meters and then returned to the start, and Lin said, “the river is fine actually, there is no peculiar smell. The water quality is better than I imagined, and it’s two or three meters deep so can’t step on any mud. It’s still different from ordinary swimming water, though.”
This stunt took place as many local companies have attempted to restructure and emit less pollution, with Lin’s shoe company being one of the first to cut down. Last year, a local water purification program spent some 20 million yuan, and local business owners contributed to the anti-pollution efforts.
By Isabel Quan
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