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Zhao Feihong, head of the Beijing Health Association Professional Committee for Drinking Water, has revealed that she and her husband, also a water scientist, have abstained from drinking the city’s “deteriorating” tap water for over 20 years.
According to Zhao Feihong, a researcher, levels of nitrate in Beijing’s tap water have reached a little over nine millilitres per standard litre, or nine parts per million (9 ppm) – very close to the 10 ppm national standard, the People’s Daily reported on Sunday.
Water containing excess nitrate levels indicate a greater concentration of particles from garbage, organic pollution and even fecal matter. Higher nitrate levels are found in groundwater usually as a result of leaks from septic tanks, sewers, fertiliser runoff and erosion from natural deposits.
“This is an indisputable fact,” Zhao said. “Beijing’s tap water quality is deteriorating and not everyone needs to be a victim.”
Not only does Zhao and her family avoid drinking tap water, they won’t even used it in cooking or after it’s been boiled, for fear of contagion.
In response to the article, the Jinan Daily newspaper criticised the couple in an editorial on Monday titled “Not everyone can afford to ‘not drink tap water for 20 years'”.
The Jinan Daily attacked the couple in a recent editorial titled “Not everyone can afford to not drink tap water for 20 years”, which, true, but shouldn’t the government be ensuring that tap water is drinkable for everyone, not only the people who can’t afford anything better?