One-third of China’s Yellow River ‘Unfit for Drinking or Agriculture’

A group in China has found that industrial pollution and sewage has made one-third of the in the Yellow River unusable. From The Guardian:

The survey, based on taken last year, covered more than 8,384 miles of the river, one of the longest waterways in the world, and its tributaries.

The Yellow River Conservancy Committee, affiliated to the ministry of water , said 33.8% of the river system’s water sampled in 2007 registered worse than level five. That means is unfit for drinking, aquaculture, industrial use and even , according to criteria used by the UN Environment Programme.

Only 16% of the river samples reached level one or two, the standard considered for domestic use.

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