Residents of Jinan have recently demonstrated why public water fountains are such an uncommon sight in China.
Despite signs that ask people to conserve water and not use the fountains to fill up kettles or buckets, a number of locals were spotted on Wednesday outside public drinking fountains in the Shandong capital taking their fill with the help of large water jugs.
Jinan is famous for its fresh spring water. To highlight this signature natural resource, the city has set up 100 public drinking fountains where locals and tourists can quench their thirst for free with water brought up from underground springs.
Chinese netizens have condemned residents for exploiting this system and hogging water fountains, while also worrying that with this story going viral, the lines at the city’s drinking fountains will soon become even longer.
In the past few months, locals in Beijing and Chengdu have sparked similar online outrages by taking advantage of public restrooms that offer free toilet paper.
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