Caixin OnlineEnvironment Drop in the Dirty Water Bucket
07.17.2012 16:54

Drop in the Dirty Water Bucket

Will a 410 billion yuan government project be enough to finally rid China’s cities of unsafe drinking water?
By staff reporter Gong Jing
 
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(Beijing) – Hurtling beneath the ground, there are sturdy new subways coursing through every major urban center of China like an electric current of modernity. The country's rapid urbanization in a matter of mere decades has produced engineering marvels that will be held up in the future as feats of fortitude and ingenuity.

But also installed underground with the power to astonish are failing water supply infrastructure networks. To date, there isn't a single city in China that provides safe tap water to all of its residents.

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