We have been following the environmental meltdown in China from lethal levels of air pollution to “cancer villages” from industrial waste. The latest report comes from the water ministry and, while some are questioning whether there is full disclosure of water contamination, the official position is shocking enough. According to the report, more than 80% of rural wells in China’s north-east contain water unsafe for drinking. It is the safety of water in urban areas that is being questioned but the government insists that the water is fine.
The report shows that most of the samples drawn from over 2,000 shallow underground wells in the north and east in 2015 were of poor quality. More than 30% were of Grade IV quality — suitable only for industrial and agricultural use. Half of the water was rated as Grade V, which is water unfit for human consumption of any type.
The report adds fuel to the debate over the safety of Chinese agricultural products. It is not only crops however. We have been struggling for over a decade with the drywall disaster after China dumped low cost dry wall in the United States. It turned out that the dry wall was contaminated by water and other elements saturated with human and industrial waste. The pollutants would destroy the lining of electrical wires and even pipes inside of the walls. The result is one of the largest tort cases in history with tens of thousands of homes needing to be effectively gutted.