190 million Chinese drinking polluted water

14:07, April 22, 2011      

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Some 190 million Chinese people are drinking water with fairly high levels of hazardous substances, and about one-third of the urban population are breathing polluted air, according to a report on China's environmental strategies released at a recent conference.

China has vowed to complete a revision of its environmental quality standards for air and water during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period (2011-15).

The report noted that China's environmental situation remains grim. The environment keeps deteriorating, which will put the country under increasing environmental pressure.

Statistics in the report showed that some 190 million Chinese people drink water with high levels of hazardous substances.

Furthermore, about 300 million people living in China's vast countryside drink unclean water, and about one-third of its urban population are subject to air pollution.

The report also noted that the average concentration of fine particulate matter in China's eastern urban areas is about four to five times that of developed countries. The frequency of hazy weather and photochemical smog has been increasing in cities in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta.

By People's Daily Online

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