|US water ranked
12th in worldwide water quality report
| (Reprinted from Water Technology Magazine Website).
|WASHINGTON — The United
States ranks 12th in the world in water quality among 122 nations,
according to a report issued by the United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The report took an in-depth look at every major dimension of water use
and management, from the growth of cities to the threat of looming
water wars between countries, the UN report said.
The report ranked 122 countries according to the quality of their
water as well as their ability and commitment to improve the
situation, UN officials said.
The rankings were composite figures based upon a range of factors such
as the quantity and quality of freshwater, especially groundwater,
wastewater treatment facilities as well as legal issues such as the
application of pollution regulations, UNESCO said.
The top ranking in the world went to Finland and rounding out the top
10, in order, were Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan,
Norway, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Korea, Sweden and
France, UNESCO reported.
Belgium was considered the worst country in terms of water quality due
to the low quantity and quality of its groundwater combined with heavy
industrial pollution and poor treatment of wastewater, according to
Morocco, India, Jordan and Sudan followed as the countries with the
worst five rankings, the report said.
With more than 25 world maps, numerous charts, graphs and seven case
studies of major river basins, the report analyzes how diverse
societies cope with water scarcity, including policies that work or
The report will be formally presented to the international community
on World Water Day, 22 March, during the World Water Forum in Kyoto.
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