China’s water treatment program - A grand Illusion?
By Inspector Green | March 8, 2012
Current remediation methods only hides pollution, kills off marine life, and spreads cancer to millions according to latest findings. The pollution profiteers want to keep it this way.
China has the world’s second highest water pollution rate and is number one in stomach and liver cancer according to the World Health Organization. But this may not be any coincidence at all. Why? With billions of dollars now being allocated by the Chinese government to eradicate pollution in good faith, many Chinese companies are looking for cheap ways to make the water look clean and pass inspection, but in reality they are only hiding the pollution and not removing it. And in most cases they are even making it worse. By perpetrating this illusion they are capable of making millions of dollars every month. But doing so would almost certainly require the collusion of some corrupt inspector willing to sign off on fraudulent inspection reports. Meanwhile, 38 million Chinese citizens who live within 2 kilometers of China’s major rivers risk a 58% chance of dying from cancer before age 65 because of the contaminated water. Here’s why…
In order to keep costs down and profits high, almost all Chinese water treatment companies are using one of two methods to attack the pollution… The first method is to introduce chemical flocculants, usually aluminum chloride or polyacrylamides which basically absorb about 60%-80% of the contaminants and then sinks to the bottom of the lake, river, or reservoir – exactly where fish lay their eggs and aquatic plants try to spread their roots. Consequently, dwindling fish populations and dead lakes, void of even plants are now a common reality. Each treatment may deposit up to 1 meter of concentrated toxins on the lake and river beds, while the surface water appears to be clean to the naked eye. In fact the surface water will even test high enough to pass current pollution standards. The problem is that according the laws of physics (Stokes & Boyles Laws) these accumulated toxins at the bottom will slowly reabsorb back into the water and the marine life (which will be consumed by people) every time there is a temperature inversion or bad storm or flood – typically three times a year in most of China.
The other water treatment now being used involves adding some electrically conductive chemicals and then shocking the water with electricity. With the electrical current, the chemicals bind with about 70% of the pollutants, increasing their molecular weight, and then again – sinking to the bottom. In reality more chemicals are being added to lakes and rivers just to hide the pollution at the bottom making the rest of the water appear to be clean. But all those heavy toxins at the bottom are still finding their way into surviving fish and leaching into water aquifers as well – and thus into Chinese consumers. In Chongqing, Shanghai, and Beijing, the dangers are most acute. Unless those lake and river sediments are dredged out, the lakes and rivers are only accumulating more pollution with each and every water treatment. But dredging is expensive and would eat up 80% of the profits. Thus no efforts are being made to dredge out all the accumulated toxins. Partial water treatment that hides pollution is far more profitable than complete treatment that actually removes the contamination. While animals may drink the clean surface water, humans do not.
In 2007 the Chinese government spent over $14 Billion USD to clean Lake Tai in Jiangsu Province which was a toxic cesspool. In 2009 the lake appeared to be indeed be clean. Today however, it is once again polluted at level V and its water is full of carcinogens once again. Lake Dianchi in Yunnan is even worse. A dozen other lakes around China suffer the same fate. But government inspectors are only testing water at the surface – no more than 2 meters deep in rivers and lakes that may be as deep as 30 meters. If they tested at all of levels of the rivers and, lakes, most would never pass the testing protocol nor international clean water standards.
This problem will be substantially compounded in 2015 when China begins it’s “Great Water Diversion Project” moving 80 million gallons of water a day from South China to arid North China via 1,800 kilometers of man-made canals. If this water is not scrubbed clean before it is moved, the toxin laden sedimentation will become stirred and the deadly carcinogenic silt will be transported northward as well – magnifying the risk of cancer to even more people. And God forbid if another Sichuan size Earthquake ruptures the canals or one of China’s infamous floods causes it to overflow. Surrounding farmland will be poisoned for years to come.
While dredging is indeed quite expensive there is a much better and safer alternative to tackle China’s water reclamation problems. A new 100% natural and green flocculants invented by a Canadian company uses no chemicals at all and even absorbs more than 90% of the contaminants, including the carcinogens and heavy metals. Best of all, after absorbing all the contamination, it floats to the top of the lake or river where it can be easily and cheaply skimmed out of the water, leaving no toxic residue behind in the water nor hiding on the bottom. Because it is 100% natural, it poses no threat to marine life and if used in place of current methods, it would lower China’s cancer rates substantially within a decade. (50% of cancer in China is attributed to water-borne carcinogens). The Canadian product known as PBS costs the same as other flocculants being used - about 6-10 yuan to treat a ton of water (264 gallons), The contaminants and toxins absorbed become encapsulated in sludge that hardens into gravel with no chance of leaching back out. The raw materials for this flocculant are plentiful and cheap right in China. So this begs the question… Why is the Canadian product being ignored?
The answer would require yet another article and it would probably never be published anywhere in China, so let’s just ask a rhetorical question and leave it at that… Has collusion and corruption taken precedence over clean water, public health, and the environment in China if inferior products and methods are deliberately being used? You be the judge. From the outside, this question remains a convenient mystery to the delight of many.
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