Drinking water not threatened: Ministry
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.