Analysis and Strategy of Dr inking Water Pollution Accidents in Recent 20 Year s in China

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China

Received date: 2007-07-06

  Revised date: 2007-08-09

  Online published: 2007-09-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40571029; The Key Consultation Project of CAS


Drinking water safety is a prominent environmental issue facing China since it is related to human health directly. Based on the statistical data from articles, the characteristics and causes of the drinking water pollution accidents and their damage to the human society are analyzed. About 152 typical drinking water pollution accidents which happened in China during the period 1986-2005 were analyzed in this study. The results show that 133 accidents, about 87.5% of the total, occurred during the period 1995-2005, and East China is the area with high frequency where 44 accidents occurred. All pollution accidents are chemical or/and biological, and biological pollution accidents account for 69.1%. As viewed from pollution places, almost half of the accidents occurred in residential areas, next in schools. As viewed from water supply links, pollution of water source is the main reason for accidents which accounts for 56.6% of the total. As viewed from pollution type, pollution from daily life is the main reason which resulted in 65.1% of the total accidents, and then industrial pollution. Drinking water pollution accidents have badly affected residents' normal drinkable water, even led to water-borne diseases breaking out or poisoning. In order to actualize safe drinking water, corresponding strategy is brought forward for defending and treating drinking water pollution accidents.

Cite this article

LI Lijuan, LIANG Liqiao,, LIU Changming, ZHANG Li,, JIANG Dejuan,, LI Jiuyi . Analysis and Strategy of Dr inking Water Pollution Accidents in Recent 20 Year s in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2007 , 62(9) : 917 -924 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200709003


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