domingo, março 14, 2004


All wet

"Students and teachers at Taipei's Kungkuan Elementary School thought they had on campus environmentalists' version of holy ground: a "wetland." The school even received a $240,000 government grant to turn the wetland—a rarity in urban areas—into an "ecology park" for insects and butterflies.

But last month the wetland suddenly began drying up. A leak in the school's water pipes turned out to be the wetland's not-so-natural source. When water authorities discovered and fixed the leak, they also inadvertently closed down the ecology park. The school may lose its grant, but at least its water bill will drop. Authorities estimate that plugging the 27-year-old leak will lower the school's monthly water bill from about $1,200 to about $240."

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