Information on water quality will be made public according to the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). Officials announced the move to journalists on Friday and will, they say, empower citizens to decide whether or not water is safe to drink.
Zhang Lijun, the Vice Minister of SEPA, confirmed that the contamination of drinking water is a serious problem in China. A recent report, published by the Chinese Environmental Monitoring Centre claims that 16 cities across China failed to meet targets for water quality during June and that more than 300 million rural inhabitants do not have access to drinking water of adequate quality.
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