Thursday, March 18, 2004

'Wetland' just a leaking pipe

TO students of Taipei's Kungkuan Elementary School, a "wetland" on their campus had been their pride and joy for almost three decades.

However, the supposed urban rarity was recently found to be nothing more than the result of a leaking water pipe.

The discovery comes after the school received eight million Taiwan dollars ($300,000) from education authorities to turn the "wetland" into an "ecology park" or a habitat to house butterflies and insects, the evening China Times Express reported Thursday.

The embarrassment surfaced after water authorities, acting on a report by a nearby resident, checked the school's water pipes and found the leak last month, the paper said. Since then, the "wetland fountain" has stopped gushing....

Thanks to Robert Bidinotto over at for this story.

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