China Business Blog (an excellent blog on doing business in China) recently did an interesting post on China’s drinking water, entitled, “Where Is All The Water.”  To summarize, the news is nearly all bad. Dysentery, Schistosome worm, Ascariasis, intestinal worm, and water borne Diarrhea are rampant in China due to the poor condition of its drinking water.  Water shortages and pollution make matters worse.

The post concludes with the following clarion call:

China’s economy has already entered a new phase of managed growth and international integration. It is now time for some of the proceeds of that economic growth to be spent on the environment that helped make it all happen. Let’s hope it is not a case of too little, too late.

I concur.

  • I find it quite surprising that an emerging economy like China still struggles to provide basic water sanitation for it’s people. Sure there are a lot of them, but getting dysentery or worms from drinking water needs to be stamped out!
    Good luck to all the Olympic athletes heading over, unfortunately it sounds like they will need to drink a lot of bottled water.