>> These bottles are all filled with water from Xiaohaotu, a small town in China. 10,000 bottles to be exact, murky and polluted. It's all part of a performance art piece put on by an artist who calls himself Nut Brother.>> Everything in that environment including people are all drinking this polluted water.
>> Nut Brother's Exhibition aims to shine a light on just how bad the water is in rural China. And despite resistance in Beijing, he's seen some results. In the city, officials have twice tried to shut down his project one citing that he'd broken trademark regulations by using branded bottles.
But where it counts there seems to have been a shift. The Environmental Bureau covering Xiaohaotu has launched an investigation and oil giant Sinopec has stopped drilling in a gas field which residents say is the source of contamination. And better yet, Nut Brother may be achieving what he set out to do, raise awareness.
>> I feel terrible of the thought that people in rural areas have to drink this water.>> Authorities found the water contained levels of heavy metals such as iron and manganese that exceeded national standards by over four times.