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05.07.2012 18:34

The Dirty Truth about Water Quality

New standards are due in July, but experts say the previous criteria were never met
By staff reporter Gong Jing and intern reporter Liu Hongqiao

(Beijing) – China plans to adopt stricter quality standards for drinking water in July, but treatment facilities nationwide are hard-pressed to meet existing criteria. Experts say half of the country's water supply plants cannot meet current standards. 

A 2009 government survey of more than 4,000 urban water supply plants found more than one-quarter failed to meet national standards, said Song Lanhe, chief scientist of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development's water quality monitor center. The results of the survey have not been released to the public.

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