Clean Dangerous Sewage Water in Rio De Janeiro Before the Olympics

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Target: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Goal: Clean the filthy water plagued by sewage that not only are Olympic water sports athletes supposed to compete in, but that also are a massive danger to the environment and community.

The Associated Press recently conducted an investigation at the sites in Rio De Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports that found critically high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. These findings present a major health risk for both athletes and for visitors to the city’s beaches.

Some competitors who are training in the city have already gotten sick with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea from being in the water. The water problems come because sewage in the city is not collected or treated, allowing it to pollute the water and sit there.

The International Olympic Committee’s medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett, says that the water should only be tested for harmful bacteria because that’s the world standard, but others say that sickness from the water is caused by viruses, so the water should be tested for that instead.

Visitors can supposedly smell the sewage as soon as they step out of the airport, the water at some of the city’s beaches are filled with sludge, and the lake where the Olympic water sports are supposed to take place is filled with rotting fish that have died from the water pollution.

Obviously this is a major problem that hasn’t had a solution set in place for a long time, but with such a major event happening and with the water quality posing such a risk to so many people, something must be done. Urge Brazilian officials to start a massive and expedited overhaul to clean up the water and not only save the environment, but to reduce the danger for Olympic athletes and visitors.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Dilma Rousseff,

The Associated Press recently conducted an investigation at the sites in Rio De Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports that found critically high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. Some competitors who are training in the city have already gotten sick with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea from being in the water.

Visitors can supposedly smell the sewage as soon as they step out of the airport, the water at some of the city’s beaches are filled with sludge, and the lake where the Olympic water sports are supposed to take place is filled with rotting fish who have died from the water pollution.

The water quality is posing such a risk to so many people, something must be done. I urge you to start a massive and expedited overhaul to clean up the water and not only save the environment, but to reduce the danger for Olympic athletes and visitors.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Dan Deluca

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One Comment

  1. this is the same situation as in Sao Paulo, where I lived for 3 hard years. Do you think this is a new issue, the government knows that for many years, in SP there are 20 million people breathing every day this insane air. Do you think Dilma will do something ? we are 6 months from 2016!! I thing what will create a reaction will be to do a petition for sabotage de olimpics. Maybe they begin to take care of the brasilian people and not just about the ones that will come for the games

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