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China Orders Stronger Wastewater Monitoring in Coronavirus Fight

Feb. 3, 2020, 4:44 PM

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced special orders late Sunday for environmental bureaus across the country to strengthen monitoring of wastewater from medical facilities in an effort to address the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Failure to adequately treat human excrement, which has now been found to contain the virus, could potentially spread the epidemic further and extend the length of the outbreak, environmental officials said.

The Ministry of Water Resources also issued an emergency notice over the weekend calling on drinking water suppliers to increase water quality monitoring at facilities, in pipelines, and at intake areas.

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