China adopts new standards on water quality

China raised its national drinking water standards on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported, in the wake of algae outbreaks that cut off water supplies across the country.

The new standards incorporate 71 new quality indicators, and are intended to standardise water quality measurements across rural and urban areas.

"In some of China’s cities, water supply has been contaminated and residents are threatened with unsafe water," Xinhua quoted Zhang Chengyu, an official with the Ministry of Health, as saying.

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