(London Daily Mail) Furious villagers in eastern China are demanding the closure of a new stone quarry after it turned their river completely white.

Residents in Aodi, Zhejiang province, say the river is now so heavily polluted that they can’t use it for drinking water for their livestock, nor are they able to water their crops.

They say that since the quarry opened a few years ago, the water regularly turns white, as the quarry bosses use the river to drain away residue caused by blast-cleaning white stones, which are cut from pits beside the river.

One local resident told reporters: ‘Our animals can’t drink it, it poisons the fields and we can’t even wash our clothes in it. We want this quarry closed now.’

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