Top Notch Drinking Water

Qiutong Meng


瑞典是一个拥有100,000河流的国家, 它的饮用水是世界中最好的.

十年前, 在斯德哥尔摩附近的水域以及瑞典其他地方的河流受到了工业化以及居民的污染.在1930, 污染的情况逐渐严重以至于取消了每年一次的游泳比赛.



Gunnar Soderholm, 斯德哥尔摩环境与健康的研究人员我们交流时讲到当人们来到city hall观光时,可以从建筑旁边的河流盛水来喝,可见斯德哥尔摩水的质量.





Sweden is a country with 100,000 lakes and its drinking water is among the best in the world.

As recently as a few decades ago, the waters around Stockholm and much of the rest of Sweden were heavily polluted by industrial and household waste. In the 1930s, the pollution was so serious that the city cancelled an annual swimming competition.

Nowadays Sweden has scores of water treatment and sewage treatment plants and people in remote places have small-scale treatment systems.

The water around Stockholm, which was built on 14 islands, is some of the cleanest anywhere.  Walking along the waterfront near the Royal Palace I didn’t see any garbage floating in the water.  The water seemed clean enough to drink.

Gunnar Soderholm, the director of the environment and health for Stockholm, talked with our group from the University of Miami.  He said a recent mayor of Stockholm dipped a cup in the water outside City Hall and took a drink.  Solderholm said the water surrounding Stockholm was indeed very clean.

But there are lots of water taxis and pleasure boats cruising around in the Stockholm waters and big, long distance ferries tie up in the harbor on their way to and from Finland and other Scandinavian countries. Inevitably, all this traffic leaves some waste in the water. Just to be on the safe side, Soderholm said, “I wouldn’t recommend drinking it.”

Stockholm’s tap water is another story. Very little bottled water is sold in Stockholm. In the grocery stores most of the bottled water is mineral water that people buy because of its refreshing bubbles. Mostly people drink tap water. There is no reason not to, Solderholm said: “We have one of the world’s best tap waters.” #





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