China groundwater poisoned

2016-04-12 20:01
Laborers working on a construction site for the South-to-North water Diversion plan in Nanyang, central China's Henan province. (File, AFP)

Laborers working on a construction site for the South-to-North water Diversion plan in Nanyang, central China's Henan province. (File, AFP)

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Beijing - A government report says more than 80% of underground water drawn from relatively shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution.

The Water Resources Ministry study posted to its website Tuesday analysed samples drawn in January from 2 103 wells used for monitoring in the country's major eastern flatland watersheds.

The ministry said that of those samples, 32.9% was classed as suitable only for industrial and agricultural use, while 47.3% was unfit for human consumption of any type. None were considered pristine, although water in wells in the Beijing area was rated better overall than elsewhere in the northeast.

Most urban Chinese use water that comes from reservoirs, deep aquifers or rivers that are treated to ensure safety.

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