Target: Liu Dasha, deputy director of the Shanxi Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau
Goal: Urge officials to take drastic measures in securing the future of China’s water
The Zhuozhang River has been sullied with toxic chemicals from a chemical leak, polluting the drinking water. Even worse, China’s response team alerted residents five days later from when the chemicals started to leak out from one of the factory’s pipes. Since the government hadn’t alerted the public of the spill, millions of residents continued drinking the water. Urge Liu Dasha to take extreme measures to contain the spill and make water conservation a top priority.
Residents panicked after receiving the news and were livid at the fact that they were kept in the dark for five days, potentially ingesting harmful chemicals. After a rapid response team from China’s Greenpeace was sent to investigate the spill, officials are reporting on an even graver scenario. It’s been discovered that water consumption by the coal and chemical companies is being used up at an alarming rate. Water flows freely in the nearby Yellow River, the major source of the company’s water consumption. It is estimated that by 2015, an exorbitant fraction of water will be dried up.
In the last 40 years, water has become a challenge for the country as the rapid economy depletes its sources. According to the World Wildlife Fund, already 13 percent of China’s lakes have disappeared with 50 percent of cities somehow managing to survive with water that does not meet acceptable hygienic standards.
Struggling with these extreme water shortages, China is searching for solutions ranging from small projects to massive undertakings, some requiring the aid of engineers. The largest plan calls for the diversion of water from rainy southern China, transported to the desiccated North. This $62 billion engineering plan is being criticized by many environmentalists, stating that the plan is simply too large and inefficient.
China’s widespread efforts to find solutions to the water shortage are crucial, especially after the recent chemical spill. With coal and chemical industries consuming a large percentage of water in the Yellow River, experts fear that plans to reconcile the situation won’t be fast enough. Urge Liu Dasha, deputy director of the Shanxi Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau to quickly purify drinking water and strive to preserve its sources for future generations.
Dear Liu Dasha,
China’s water crisis has been heightened by the recent toxic chemical spill caused by a leak in an aniline tank. It is unconscionable that residents were kept in the dark for five days before the message of the leak was relayed to them. With water becoming a precious commodity, action needs to be taken now to purify the contaminated water.
While investigating the spill, the rapid response team from Greenpeace found an even further devastating discovery that water from the Yellow River is being consumed by coal and chemical industries at an alarming rate. If estimates are correct, a quarter of the water will be dried up by 2015. As you know, the supply of water is limited and it is crucial to ensure its cleanliness and availability for all. Therefore, I urge you to take extreme measures to protect and preserve the future of China’s water supply.
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