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Mayor jumps into river to test anti-pollution efforts
    2017-August-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A MAYOR of a city in Central China’s Henan Province jumped into a previously tainted river to test the anti-pollution efforts of local authorities.

Li Zhonghua, mayor of Yongcheng City, jumped into the Huchenghe River in the city’s Xicheng District on Tuesday morning.

Many residents watching the official clapped, while some shouted, “You kept your promise, Mr. Mayor!”

In recent years, with increasing garbage and heavy pollution, the river was silted up and the water flowed slowly, fueling a spasm of public complaints.

Last year, when Li saw the pollution, he demanded immediate efforts to clean up the river within a year.

“I will come back next year and test the anti-pollution efforts with my own body by swimming in it,” he was quoted as saying.

An anti-pollution headquarters was set up afterwards, which took a variety of measures to strengthen the mud river bed with rocks and concrete planks, and raising fish.

The latest data from the local environmental protection bureau showed that the water quality has reached the national level of Grade III, suitable for aquaculture and for swimming. (Xinhua)

After a swim in the river, Li said he will continue to urge environmental protection efforts in the city.

 

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