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China’s Groundwater is Contaminated But and the Chinese Still Drink It

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2013

China is contaminated, period. This goes for the food, the air and water. Here is a snippet about how bad ground water contamination really is.

“About 18% of the water that China uses comes from groundwater, and more than 400 of the country’s roughly 655 cities have no other source of drinking water. Much of the groundwater is contaminated, tainted by fertilizers, pesticide residues and dirty waste water used for irrigation in China’s vast rural regions, as well as pollutants from mining, the petrochemical industry, and domestic and industrial waste. Heavy metals are especially problematic, because “once in the groundwater, they don’t go away”, says Sun Ge, a research hydrologist at the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Southern Research Station in Raleigh, North Carolina. “It will be very expensive to clean up, if it is even possible.”


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