Drink­ing wa­ter not threat­ened: Min­istry

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s deep un­der­ground drink­ing wa­ter sources are safe, an of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources said in re­sponse to a news re­port sug­gest­ing that more than 80 per­cent of the wa­ter in China’s aquifers is too pol­luted for hu­man con­sump­tion.

Chen Mingzhong said mon­i­tor­ing does not show that un­der­ground sources of drink­ing wa­ter are threat­ened, since most of the country’s wa­ter for hu­man con­sump­tion is ex­tracted from deep un­der­ground, not near the sur­face.

Mon­i­tor­ing by the min­istry shows that 85 per­cent of the 1,817 ground­wa­ter sources used to ex­tract drink­ing wa­ter meets qual­ity stan­dards, and the 33 sources that sup­ply drink­ing wa­ter to cities with a pop­u­la­tion larger than 500,000 all meet wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards, Chen said.

The Na­tional Busi­ness Daily had re­ported that more than 80 per­cent of China’s ground­wa­ter is threat­ened by pol­lu­tion.

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