China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced the successful launch of nearly 8,000 water clean-up initiatives in the first six months of 2017, comprising a projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan ($100 billion.)
In 2015, 343 contaminated groundwater sites were identified throughout China. Officials developed the action plan currently underway, with noted improvements for 95 percent of those instances.
The country grades water quality in six different bands, with the bottom rung being designated as “black and stinky,” and not even good enough to use for irrigation or industrial applications. Of the 2,100 sites that were given this grade, 44.1 percent saw treatment projects over the first half of 2017. However, officials did acknowledge that the regions of Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, and Anhui were not receiving the attention they deserved.
It’s too late to consider China’s water treatment efforts as a preventative measure, as conditions have already proven deadly, with people living in remote areas at extreme …