Ground Water Pollution Causes Concern in China
by Jovaughn Lane, age 15
China, about 60 percent of underground water is polluted, which
emphasizes China’s environmental distress.
land and resource ministry identified 4,778 testing areas in 203
cities, of those 44 percent had “pretty bad” underground water
quality and the groundwater in another 15.7 percent tested very
badly. The water quality did improve gradually in 13 percent of
spots, but also got worse in 15 percent of spots.
to China’s underground water standards, water of relatively poor
quality can only be used for drinking water after proper treatment.
Water of very poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking
water,” said an article in the official newswire, Xinhua.
Chinese government is only now beginning to take action against the
country’s toxic environment. Information on air quality has become
more available in the past year, but information on other pollution
such as water and soil remains hard to find.
had reported last year that about a third of China’s water
resources are groundwater-based and only 3 percent of the country’s
urban groundwater was deemed as “clean”.
situation is quite serious – groundwater is an important source for
water use, including drinking water, and if it gets contaminated,
it’s very costly and difficult to clean,” said Ma Jun, director
of the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
few Chinese people consider tap water safe to consume. Most people
usually boil their water or buy it bottled, and for a good reason.
Recently, a chemical spill poisoned the water supply of Lanzhou with
benzene, a carcinogen, causing a big run on bottled drinks.
previous weeks, China’s state media reported plans for a seaside
plant to provide tap water by 2019. The Beijing Enterprise Water
Group will spend 7 billion Yuan, which is $1.1 billion in US dollars,
to build the plant.
worsening quality of the water in China will have far-ranging health
effects for its people. Only recently has the Chinese government
taken serious action.