Oriental Daily News
8th November 2013
Dead Animals Found in Dongjiang River Polluting Hong Kong’s Water
Illegal pig farms near Shenzhen Reservoir, the water service reservoir that supplies Dongjiang Water to Hong Kong, can cause major pollution to Dongjiang Water. The people of Hong Kong could be drinking water that has been soaking dead pigs and animal faeces without knowing. Illegal pig farms near the Reservoir are found pouring pig faeces and fluid coming out of decomposing dead pigs into the nearby rivers, which flow into the Shenzhen Reservoir. The public has been complaining about these pig farms to the government in Shenzhen, but the area is in between Longgang and Lo Wu, meaning jurisdiction is unclear. As a result, those pig farms cannot be eliminated, and their existence threatens the water safety in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Hong Kong spends millions of US dollar to purchase Dongjiang Water every year. Area near Shenzhen Reservoir is covered with garbage and dead rats, used condoms can be found in the area too. These are not the only potential water safety hazard, the illegal pig farms near the Reservoir probably causes a more serious problem.
Niushipu Village Village in Longgang and Dawang Village in Lo Wu are located in the are between two jurisdictions. A large number of illegal pig farms, in different scale, have been set up in the area. The two villages are located at the head of Shenzhen Reservoir and within the water source conservation area.
Over a dozen of illegal pig farms are operating in each village. Some of the pig farms have over a hundred pigs. There are also chicken and duck farms in the area. A villager said that these pig farms also operate as illegal slaughter houses and manufacture gutter oil. The farms also pour faeces, liquid that comes out of decomposing animals, oil residues and many other pollutants into their nearby rivers and lakes.
Because the foul stench, villagers call the rivers “pig dung trenches”. The waste water flows into the Shenzhen Reservoir. Since the water in Shenzhen Reservoir will be supplied to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, villagers are worried, “we are in fact drinking water that has been heavily polluted by faeces and dead animals.”
Mr Chen, a pig farm owner in Niushipu Village, said that he makes handsome profit from running an illegal pig farm. On average, he can make at least USD16,400 a year. Some larger pig farms can make at least USD165,000 a year. The profit drives people to operate illegal farms. China media had also interviewed a pig farm owner Mr Huang recently. He said that he does not worry about being raided by the authorities because the two villages belong two different jurisdictions, if one village is being inspected, they can move their farms to the other village.
The water in the reservoir’s water source conversation are is very poor. Signed are erected in the area saying that livestock, agriculture and fishing are banned. However, there are a lot of villagers who grow vegetables and fish in the ares, disregarding the warnings.
Deputy Chief of Water Source Department in Shenzhen said that when it rains in the area, the pollutants in the rivers within the area can flow into Shenzhen Reservoir.