Experts have urged the government to strengthen efforts to deal with water
pollution in the wake of the Wuxi water crisis.
The Wuxi government has stressed that the incident was "an irresistible
natural disaster". But Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and
Environmental Affairs, a NGO environment watchdog in Beijing, had a different
"Natural factors like the low water level and hot weather are only inducing
factors to the incident, not the root," he said. "The root of this sudden algal
bloom growth spree is the water pollution"
China is becoming a huge industrial workshop for the rest of the world,
sacrificing its environment including clean water, he said.
The government said it had gone to great lengths to protect its water
In Taihu Lake alone, the government has poured at least 10 billion yuan into
schemes to make the lake water cleaner and ordered enterprises to stop spewing
waste into it. But investigations have revealed more than 300 enterprises at the
upper reach of Taihu Lake have breached the government's orders. Among them are
big companies such as Wuxi Sharp Electronic Components Co Ltd, found emitting
pollutants into the lake in 2006, and Suzhou Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, in
"We are very concerned whether these companies have redressed their problems
or they simply paid some fines and continued discharging waste water into the
lake," Ma said.