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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Unsafe Water Reported

MOSCOW () -- Seventy percent of Russia's drinking water is so polluted that it fails to meet even minimal safety standards, an official said Wednesday.

It doesn't meet "our own lenient standards, least of all fairly tough world requirements,'' Nikolai Mikheyev, head of the government water agency, said at a news conference.

According to Interfax, Mikheyev proposed looking for new underground springs to supply 30 percent of the water for Moscow, a city of about 10 million people. Most urban Russians also breath polluted air, especially in car exhaust-choked cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Soviet government paid little attention to environmental protection, developing huge industrial centers that polluted as they produced.