Pictures have emerged of a river in Anhui province which is so polluted that the water looks like ink, yet residents depend on it to irrigate their crops.
According to NetEase, the river is located in the Huaishang district of Bengbu city. A visiting reporter stated that the river was foul smelling and had an almost black colour to it. Floating on the surface of the river are numerous dead fish and shrimps.
Nearby residents are said to discard their rubbish and dead livestock into the polluted river, which is also located nearby an industrial park that discharges untreated effluent directly into the water. Pictured below is a wastewater outlet from one of the factories in the area.
According to Anhui province’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, measurements taken of ammonia levels and the river’s chemical oxygen demand indicate that the river falls under category V, a classification awarded to only the most severely polluted rivers in mainland China.
Despite the high levels of pollution, local residents have no choice but to use water from the river, which is no cleaner than sewage, to irrigate their crops of wheat.
Last month a river in Shenzhen actually turned to ink when a factory discharged chemicals used in the manufacture of ink directly into a canal, giving the water an unhealthy blood-red hue.
By Dominic Jackson
[Images via NetEase]