Despite the valiant efforts of city officials, Jinan locals are still finding ways to siphon water from public drinking fountains into their own private water jugs.
The phenomenon first made the news earlier this month after photos hit the Chinese internet showing residents of the Shandong capital crowded around public water fountains with bottles, kettles and jugs to fill, ignoring signs urging them to conserve water.
Jinan is a city that is famous for its fresh spring water. To highlight this signature natural resource, the city has set up 100 public drinking fountains around town where locals and tourists can quench their thirst for free with water brought up from underground springs. After the photos went viral, Chinese netizens accused locals of exploiting this system and the local government sprang into action.
The city has increased its numbers of volunteers tasked with patrolling the drinking fountains to stop uncivilized behavior. However, this has done little to discourage residents who simply wait for the volunteers to go on break and then come streaming in with containers to fill. Here are some photos captured on the streets of Jinan at around noon on Saturday:
The city also changed how the fountains work, meaning that to get enough water, locals now have to press down the button for a considerable length of time. But industrious residents have since adapted to these constraints:
Necessity is the mother of invention.
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