In class recently we have discussed the fact that the overwhelming majority of Chinese water is polluted. In fact, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently reported that 68% of China’s groundwater is characterized as bad or very bad. Furthermore, more than half (17 of China’s 31 major freshwater lakes) are characterized as polluted (BusinessWeek).
This unsafe drinking water has led to a wide array of problems for those who consume this water, including aching bones and swelling across the body. This has become so harmful that some Chinese citizens have become confined to bed and unable to work, because it made them feel so weak and listless (Daily Mail).
Due to the fact that much of China’s water is polluted as well as the fact that China has encountered a massive water shortage (Water per capita in amounts to only 286 cubic meters annually, much less than the 500 cubic meter minimum), much of the population turns to purified water bottles for drinking water. However, China’s Food and Drug Administration recently “found excessive bacteria in purified water products from China’s biggest drinks maker” (News 24). Chinese regulators found almost 25% of all “purified drinking water” from the major Chinese water bottle producers to be contaminated and unsafe to drink.