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Water story - A letter to my son
Son, it has been a long time since I last saw you. How is it going? Is mom good?
Dad had a field trip to Heyuan and Xunwu last week on water source and its quality from Dongjiang. Dongjiang is our main daily drinking water source.Your teachers have told you that about 80 per cent of our drinking water are from Dongjiang, haven’t they? This time, Dad joined a the field trip to its fountainhead, Xunwu, starting from your uncle living city Shenzhen.
Son, I really wish that we could experience the whole journey together. It was an impressive experience in the past few days. Every single picture would strike you. You can never imagine the looked-clean water comes from the water tap of our home is from this river basin. And you cannot imagine the “innate quality” of the water you drink every day.
Son, let me tell you how water flows after leaving Xunwu. It passes through many places including big cities like Heyuan, Huizhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen. The water we drink is primarily pumped into a treatment plant near Dongguan which is called Taiyuan Pumping Station, the water will then be delivered to Hong Kong via pipeline after treatment. While Dad saw the water pumped into the plant, I was worry about our health by drinking in water of such quality. Why should we get water from this point of the basin? What happened to this water? With so many queries, I thus followed professors, river experts and environment groups to find out the answer up along the river.
In a place called Huizhou, industrial areas are right located in both sides of the river. There are many factories. Some of them would discharge the sewage to the river, which pollute the river. Imagine the grey yellow color ink falls into the water in your drawing class, the water turns turbid immediately. And there is another place called Heyuan with a very large lake. The lake functions the same as Hong Kong's reservoirs for storing water. This lake is called Xinfengiiang Reservoir. Its water is clear and clean, which is also of the highest standard in China among the six categories of water quality. You can drink the water directly here. But of course, you can only do this while Mum and dad are with you. You may also discuss this issue with your teachers during the general education class. Nonetheless, such good water-flow from Xinfengjiang Reservoir encounters the Dongjiang water-flow which is in grey and yellow colour in Heyuan. How annoying it is! Couldn’t we drink some limpid water? Breathe some fresh air in?
Son, remember not to be drowned in your work when you grow up, you should be in touch with our environment regularly. We should not only live in the concrete jungle, but visit the countryside more. Birds and insects are our friends. You get to know them, so you will appreciate them and will protect them.
Son, do not always clamor to buy toys, a lot of raw and dye materials are flowed into the river during the manufacturing process. Because of this, fish, birds, even you and I are drinking this polluted water. If we buy less, factories produce less, the river would be less polluted.
Son, do not play small yellow duck when showering, water is scare for many people and they even don’t have enough drinking water. Do not say “I don’t know” anymore. Your teachers have told you, I saw it and am telling you again. . Even Chinese planning Experts revealed that five years later, the cities that mentioned above, including your uncle living city Shenzhen, would not have sufficient water resources. In this case, should we keep wasting water?
Son, Dad is not gonna remind you what should be or should not be done every day. The future is yours. I really hope that your world can be the same as the one when I was a kid, green mountains and clear water around, fresh air everywhere, and everyone is joyful. Nevertheless, nowadays, adults hold the golden rule of “development is the overriding reason” which is worth letting us make our mountains no longer green, water no longer clear, air no longer fresh. Do you still remember last time we played clay missile and Frisbee on the fields? How funny and exciting! Though your Mum scolded me for the muddy clothes, I was still glad that you love the way being with the nature.
Well, Dad promises to have sand sculpting and go swimming with you when I come back. Take care of mom.