A water shortage in the country is costing more than a billion yuan ($6.3 billion) a year, China’s top environmental agency has warned.
The country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on Wednesday said that as the country’s economy has been on a slow recovery and economic growth has slowed, it was now facing an emergency situation to find new sources of water.
The water crisis is due to rising water use in agriculture and construction and an increase in the use of diesel and other fuels, according to the agency.
It said in a statement that the government’s decision to increase the use and production of diesel to help alleviate the crisis would require additional water from the ground.
China has one of the world’s most polluted water supplies, which can have a major impact on the health of the population, especially children, it said.
There are a variety of water sources, including groundwater, rivers and lakes, it added.
The crisis has affected China’s two main provinces, Henan and Shandong, where large areas have been shut off to the public and where residents are forced to travel long distances to water treatment plants.
“The shortage is not only in agriculture, but also in industrial, mining and domestic use,” MPEP said in its statement.
A total of 10 million cubic meters of water was taken out of the ground in the provinces in 2017 alone, and China has about 3.5 trillion cubic meters (2.2 trillion cubic feet) of water on hand, according the agency, which said it was looking into how the situation could be resolved.
Many people, especially in rural areas, depend on water for drinking, irrigation, irrigation irrigation, water treatment and other uses.
The MPEP added that the water crisis was also affecting a growing number of cities and towns, which could result in an increase of public health risks.
People have been affected by the drought because of the drought, which has led to a decline in production of wheat and other crops, as well as the spread of mosquitoes and other diseases, it noted.