China Implements New Drinking Water Standards in July


New standards for drinking water will come into force in China on July 1, with the number of quality indicators rising to 106 from 35. While that's almost on par with standards used in the European Union, some experts have raised concerns about the feasibility of the new system. "There are about 3,000 water companies in China," said Li Fuxing, director of the Beijing Institute of Public Health and Drinking Water. "Judging by their production technology and quality-testing facilities, most still have a long way to go before they can meet the new standards."