Water Pollution

Hong Kong red tide
May 28, 2014
In future, Hong Kong will not only face water challenges from a stretched resource in terms of quantity, but also from deteriorating quality. The latter issue is especially grim, since no matter from land or ocean, Hong Kong’s water sources may literally be inundated with all kinds of pollutions. “Across the country, China has a severe scarcity of safe drinking water”, noted a special report published on China Reform on Caixin Net (http://magazine.caixin.com/2014-03-31/100658681.html) (The Caixin special report). In 2010, amongst all seven major basins – including the Pearl River Basin – only 28.7 percent were found to have I-II water rating, which is considered safe for potable use.
While political posturing in India over the state of the River Ganges – considered sacred by Hindus – has reached a new high during the country’s current election season, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has decided to do something about it.
A new mangrove forest is to be planted along the lower reaches of the Thi Vai River near Ho Chi Minh City as part of effort to stop industrial pollution being discharged into Dong Nai Delta, a critical wetland environment.
Polluted pond in rural China
February 19, 2014
Although China’s air pollution gets more headlines, its problem with water pollution is just as urgent and arguably more severe. One-fifth of the country’s rivers are toxic, while two-fifths are classified as seriously polluted. In 2012 more than half of China’s cities had water that was “poor” or “very poor”. To address this issue the Ministry of Environmental Protection is putting together a CNY2 trillion yuan (USD330 billion) action plan – exceeding the CNY1.7 trillion (USD277 billion) being spent to combat air pollution.
China's Ministry of Water Resources says it has established a new performance appraisal system to evaluate local governments on their management of water resources.
Chinese scientists claim to have developed a type of nanomaterial which can catalyze algae masses growing on water surfaces into inorganic earth.
Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has asked a neighboring province to move a toxic industrial park because it is threatening the water resources for almost 10 million people.
China has begun research to discover the real extent of the condition of its underground water, according to an official from China's top economic planning agency.
Measuring China's awful water pollution
February 25, 2013
The chickens from China’s decades-long custom of turning a blind eye to the damage inflicted on its environment in return for developing an economic powerhouse are finally coming home to roost as an increasingly-agitated populace demands action from its leaders. With suffocating smog in Beijing and other major cities still making headlines around the world, renewed focus is now being turned on China’s deplorable fresh water conditions as the government scrambles to show it is in control by issuing reams of new standards on industrial pollution and promising to punish violators.
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink
February 22, 2013
Despite plans to invest up to USD850 billion over the next ten years in a bid to improve filthy water supplies, experts warn of minimal impact on the damage caused by decades of pollution during China’s rapid economic growth. Rather than more cost-effectively preventing pollution at source, money is being poured into water treatment and desalination. The central government has earmarked 4 trillion yuan (USD650 million) for investment in rural water conservation projects between 2011 and 2020 – four times as much as was spent in the previous decade.