China is facing a growing problem with polluted pipes, and the latest report on the matter by the country’s environmental monitoring body, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIIAR), warns that China is on the verge of a water crisis.
China’s infrastructure has become an “emblem of its status as a developing country”, according to the report, which was released on Thursday.
It found that China’s pipes are in poor condition, are prone to break and are susceptible to leakage, particularly in urban areas.
“In the city, we found that most pipes are not properly installed, and some of them are in need of repairs,” said Zhang Zhaolin, the head of NIIAR.
“There is a lack of quality control in the city’s drainage system, and this contributes to the poor quality of the water supply.”
The report also found that there is a growing trend of people using pipes that are “not only of inferior quality but also leaky, causing them to become polluted”.
The problem is particularly acute in China, where the average household uses about 2,000 cubic metres of water per person per day, or more than six times the amount of water the country needs to meet all its water needs, according to a 2012 report by the World Bank.
In recent years, China has introduced a raft of measures aimed at curbing pollution and pollution-related health problems.
However, the NIIR report also warns that “no clear and concrete solution has yet been found” to tackle the issue.
The study also highlighted a significant decline in the efficiency of China’s sewage treatment plants.
In 2012, China used about 30% of the world’s sewage, but in 2017 that figure dropped to 17%, the report found.
It also highlighted the fact that water used in these plants was often not treated properly.
The government, which controls the use of water, has repeatedly blamed poor management of the sewage system.
The report warns that while China’s infrastructure is “an emblem of its state”, it is also “a reflection of the fact it is an increasingly important source of water for many countries”.
It noted that “it is highly likely that the problem is not going to go away” and that it is only a matter of time before the problem becomes “unacceptably large”.