Clean Up City’s Filthy Water After Major Gastrointestinal Outbreak

Target: Marcelo Crivella, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Goal: Demand city clean up its dangerously polluted rivers more quickly.

Many Rio de Janeiro residents fell sick after drinking the city’s tap water, despite the water company insisting it was safe to drink. When residents pointed out the strange taste and murky appearance, the company claimed it was simply caused by an “organic compound.” Said compound is produced by algae that thrive in polluted waters, along with soil runoff from summer rains.

The city was supposed to clean up the rivers four years ago for the Olympics, only for plans to be cancelled due to a financial emergency. Reports state that the company will be taking steps to better treat the water that comes from residents’ faucets, but the true problems lies much deeper. Disgusting, dangerous tap water is only one problem caused by pollution. The bacteria compounds and excessive algae are not just dangerous to humans, but to the fish and other wildlife that reside in and near the rivers.

People should not have to live with polluted water or fear getting sick every time they need to take a drink or a shower. Sign this petition to demand Rio de Janeiro hasten its efforts to clean the rivers and make its water safe again.


Dear Mayor Crivella,

Scores of people have fallen seriously ill after drinking the city’s tap water, which they report tastes like clay and has a murky, disgusting look to it. The water company claimed that the look was caused by an “organic compound” that was supposedly safe to drink, but the outbreak of water-borne gastrointestinal distress suggests otherwise. The rivers are choked with algae and soil runoff, which can cause a whole host of problems beyond unsafe tap water.

You must hasten the city’s efforts to clean the rivers of pollution. The residents should not have to live with water that is not safe to use or drink. Bottled water supplies are running low, and people have reported needing to plug their ears every time they shower. Additionally, the conditions of the water are dangerous to local wildlife and the overall condition of the city. Do not make residents wait years for cleaner water.


[Your Name Here]

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