Shocking results show that 60% of China’s water in unfit for drinking purposes.
China has been growing economically for years, and while it is one of the world’s powerhouses, the state of the public health system leaves little to be desired.
These stats would not likely be seen in any Western country, and the risks to public health are undoubtedly huge.
The Ministry of Land and Resources reported that the polluted groundwater level has hit 60%, UP from 57.4% two years ago.
The water in 203 cities across China was tested and that majority of the results that came back cited the water quality as either ‘relatively poor’ or ‘very poor’. While ‘relatively poor’ water is seen as a moderate health risk, ‘very poor’ is deemed undrinkable.
This highlights that despite the massive growth of the Chinese economy, the inability for the country to keep up with looking after their own citizens is obviously an issue.
Further concerns must be addressed with the fact that so many of our products in the west are made by the Chinese market.
How safe is the environment these products are being made in, and in turn, how safe are the products themselves?
Chinese news outlet Xinhua states :
“According to China’s underground water standards, water of relatively poor quality can only be used for drinking after proper treatment.
Water of very poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking water.”
In addition to water supplies, farmland and crop soils are also though to be highly polluted.
Experts believe up to 20% of all farmland is polluted with a variety of contaminants, including heavy metals such as cadmium.