Feb 4, 2013

From "As It Is" (VOA Special English News Program) 1

China has been receiving a lot of international attention because of its air pollution. But, now many Chinese are discussing another environmental concern, water pollution.  Steve Ember has more about the debate of the country's water quality.

Official reports have shown that China has about 1,700 water pollution accidents a year. Report also showed up to 40 percent of the country's rivers are seriously polluted. In China's capital, Beijing, the city government is just starting to release information about water quality.

Zhao Feihong is a water researcher at the Beijing Health Care Association . Her husband is also a water researcher. She says they have not used the city's water supply for drinking water in 20 years. She says it is good that Beijing officials are beginning to tell people how clean their drinking water is.

"The fact that it can be disclosed is an improvement for the common people who better understand water that they drink. So this is relatively good thing, but I think that publicizing this figure is not enough."

Zhao Feihong says the city government should do more than report on water quality every three month. She wants officials to tell people immediately what to do if something affects to drinking water. 

Hao Yungang lives in Beijing. He took pictures of a strange looking material the water left in his home. He later put the pictures on the social media site, Weibo.

"I did not anticipate that the level of interest would be so high. But these days, people have higher and higher expectation about the quality of life, whether it is water, food safety, pollution or even traffic." 

Hao Yungang says he believes officials who say Beijing's water is safe where it starts. But he is not sure about what happens between the water treatment center and his home.

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*I had downloaded a short news from VOA Special English Program for a long time. But, recently, VOA has changed its news program, so I could not do same thing as I had done. From now, I am trying a new style, so I download a news from VOA's news program, "As It is", and transcribe it into Japanese..

1 comment:

ジョン said...

This looks like an excellent translation of the text. I'm impressed! I also hope that the Chinese can get cleaner water.