China Pollution

China’s urban water supply threatened by pollution, poor management

VOA News
August 22, 2006

A senior Chinese official says pollution and industrial mismanagement are threatening water supplies in nearly 300 cities. The government is planning to spend $125 billion in the next five years to try to fix the problem.

A senior Chinese official says pollution and industrial mismanagement are threatening water supplies in nearly 300 cities. The government is planning to spend $125 billion in the next five years to try to fix the problem. China’s Vice Minister of Construction Qiu Baoxing says China’s urban water supply is under threat. “In some areas, the worsening water sources, pollution and the frequent water pollution accidents have seriously threatened the water quality,” he said. Speaking to reporters in Beijing Tuesday, Qui blamed rapid urbanization, industrialization and agriculture for tainting water supplies in hundreds of cities. But he also admitted the government has failed to keep up with the country’s sewage treatment needs, saying 278 cities still lack any wastewater treatment facilities. Tens of millions of Chinese do not have safe drinking water.

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