Residents collect water from their village in the rain.
Villagers in Fotang town of Yiwu city, Zhejiang province have expressed concern about the safety of their drinking water, which comes from a reservoir located next to a landfill collecting the entire city’s trash.
The reservoir has served as the main water supply for the 590 or so residents in Chen Village since 2012. According to the residents, the local government granted thousands of yuan to clean up the reservoir. A mountain located near the dam was later excavated, causing water and mud to flush into the reservoir.
The headman of the village, a man surnamed Chen, handed over a water sample to be tested on July 10. Ten days later, he was informed that the water sample wasn’t up to standards and that he needed to bring one more sample to test.
Chen sent the second sample on July 22. This report showed that the water was of drinking quality, however, the testing center refused to give out the report from the first sample testing.
A resident told reporters that the sediment that settles to the bottom of a container filled with the reservoir’s water is smooth like soap.
A 60-year-old resident shows reporters two of her water filter cartridges. The black one was used for only a half month.
Most residents now choose to go get their water from outside the village. Many elderly people, however, have no choice but to drink water from the reservoir.
Villagers in Fotang town aren’t the only ones suffering from China’s worrying water pollution issues. Residents in this Guangxi village are now experiencing physical abnormalities from heavy metal pollution that has seeped into their water and soil from a nearby factory.
By Lucy Liu
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