Water shortages are gripping more than half of the mainland’s provinces and regions, with available supplies dropping to about half of the already low national per capita average, the China Business News reported Wednesday.
The mainland usually averages around 2,100 cubic meters per person, or one-quarter of the global level. But that average has dropped to about 1,000 cubic meters in roughly half of the nation’s provinces and in six extreme cases below 500 cubic meters, the report said.
Leaky pipes and poor water efficiency are believed to be two major contributors to the shortages, the paper said.
According to official statistics, about 15 percent of water on average is lost through leaks in the mainland’s 600 cities, with losses rising to as much as 70 percent in some centers, the report said.
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