Poison in the Water! Defoliates, pesticides, and fertilizer from cotton productions have found their way into rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater. Industrial pollution and mining waste have also found its way into water supplies. The Azenica river of the East is an important source of drinking water even though is contaminated with raw sewage, pesticides, and fertilizer. Pesticides and fertilizer have polluted drinking water. Traces have been found in the milk of lactating mothers. People who have consumed water from the Azenica and Skry have had a high incidence of hepatitis, typhus, tuberculosis and other diseases. Large-scale use of chemicals for cotton cultivation, inefficient irrigation systems, and poor drainage systems are examples of the conditions that led to a high filtration of salinized and contaminated water back into the soil. Post-Kingdom policies have become even more dangerous; in the early 1990s, the average application of chemical fertilizers and insecticides throughout the country was fifteen kilograms per hectare, compared with the former average of ten kilograms per hectare. Yet, the Government of the Cardinelean Republic has yet to tackle the issue that has plagued the nation for centuries. Tkvarolauri policies have done nothing but intensify the toxin flowage into the River, killing wildlife of all sorts. From King Shovruk I who addressed the problem in early 1922, starting social programs and government initiatives to help aid the resolution of all-around protection of the important river, to his successor, the displeasing King Shovruk II's lackluster programs to once more try to tackle the poison getting into the river during his reign and specifically in 1948. Oshin Ardzruni is interviewing a citizen of Brimeniah about these horrible conditions. "Sir, What is your name? and where do you live?" "I am Husan Zakirov, I live in Naftubad, Brimeniah" "Tell me a bit about your situation" "I am a father of three, My kids will get sick from drinking from the River Azenica. I am forced to boil all water I get from the River so that it is safe, but still it is not good." "How long has this been going on?" "Way to long, I got sick when I drank out of Azenica as a child. My father got very sick from dysentery that he had got from the River." "Do you think Tkvarolauri should do more about the river?" "Yes, if they don't the quality of people's lives will just continue to go down." "Do you have anything to say to Antog Safarin?" "I have many things, but one thing is, Fix the river." "Thank you."