60% of China Underground Water Polluted: Report


Phys.org
April 23, 2014

 A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on Sept. 3, 2013 / Image: AFP

A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province on Sept. 3, 2013 / Image: AFP

Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems.

Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in an annual survey released by the Ministry of Land and Resources, the official Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday.

Water rated “relatively” poor quality cannot be used for drinking without prior treatment, while water of “very” poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking water, the report said.

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