In today’s installment of heavily-polluted rivers turning unnatural colors in China, an ink-production company is believed to be responsible for turning these Shenzhen canals an unsettling shade of red.
Dumping of noxious pollutants has already been to blame for a Wenzhou waterway being coated with a revolting mustard-yellow slime and a Luoyang river looking as if it were subject to a biblical plague; and now it has caused this Shenzhen reservoir to turn blood-red.
The appearance of bio-hazard suits and gas masks is normally a pretty reliable indicator that some environmentally-unfriendly contamination is afoot, so local residents had good reason to worry when this foul-colored water spilled over the catchment.
The Central Water Bureau announced that an official investigation will begin shorty, while in the meantime, the ink company responsible for pumping their tainted waste water into the sewerage has been ordered to shut down indefinitely, reports NetEase News.
Its unlikely the ink company bosses will have the audacity to dispute the fact that their chemicals caused just a tiny bit of pollution, but if they do, we’ve already seen the best way to deal with those in pollution-denial in China. A Hubei official was given a serving of humble contaminated-fruit pie when she was asked to eat a deformed fruit spoiled by pollution from a nearby cement plant on live TV.
Previously in shocking pollution horror stories:
100,000 kg of fish die in Guangdong fish farm
Three Gorges Dam becomes pool of garbage wasteland
Zhejiang landfill contaminates water supply
By Liam Bourke