Shenzhen’s tap water met “New Chinese Standard” 5 years ago
After five years’ grace period, the new revised Drinking Water Sanitary Standard has been implemented in China since July 1st. According to relevant test, Shenzhen tap-water quality at the factory has met the New Chinese Standard five years ago.
The drinking water standard that China followed is the Drinking Water Sanitary Standard revised in 1985. Until the end of 2006, the Ministry of Health, jointly with the National Standard Commission and the environment protection department, issued the new Drinking Water Sanitary Standard, increasing the drinking water test indexes to 106 items from former 35 items. But, in consideration of the transition period that the new standard needed to be implemented, the authority decided to make the Standard in full operation from July 1st, 2012.
“The New Standard has higher requirements over the quality of drinking water that the test items have been increased and the standards of former test items are raised,” said Lu Yixin, Head of Water Quality Monitoring Station of Shenzhen Water Group and Shenzhen Monitoring Station of National Water Quality Monitoring Network for Urban Water Supply.
The newly increased 71 items of the “new Chinese standard” make reference to the drinking water quality standard of the United States, Japan and other countries, which raised requirements over the organic matters, microorganism, and water sanitization and so on, and at the same time minimize the heavy metals indexes such as arsenic, lead, and chrome and so on.
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