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1. • Hunter PR, MacDonald AM, Carter RC. Water supply and health. PLoS Med. 2010;7(11):e1000361. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000361 The paper explained the relationship between water supply and health. PubMed
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4. Tao T, Xin K. Public health: a sustainable plan for China’s drinking water. Nature. 2014;511(7511):527–8. https://doi.org/10.1038/511527a.
5. •• Liu J, Yang W. Water management. Water sustainability for China and beyond. Science. 2012;337(6095):649–50. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1219471 This paper provided some policy recommendations on water sustainability in China. PubMed
6. • Han D, Currell MJ, Cao G. Deep challenges for China’s war on water pollution. Environ Pollut. 2016;218:1222–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.08.078 The paper illustrated the scale of groundwater pollution challenges in China and some factors driving groundwater quality degradation. PubMed
7. Ren H, Wan X, Yang F, Shi X, Xu J, Zhuang D, et al. Association between changing mortality of digestive tract cancers and water pollution: a case study in the Huai River basin, China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014;12(1):214–26. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120100214.
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20. Yin Y, Li T, Kuang D, Lu Y, Shen Y, Xu J, et al. Probabilistic health risk assessment of nitrosamines in drinking water of Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2019;26(6):5485–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-018-4026-3.
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34. Qin LT, Pang XR, Zeng HH, Liang YP, Mo LY, Wang DQ, et al. Ecological and human health risk of sulfonamides in surface water and groundwater of Huixian karst wetland in Guilin, China. Sci Total Environ. 2019;134552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134552.
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Wu, J. Challenges for Safe and Healthy Drinking Water in China. Curr Envir Health Rpt (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-020-00274-5
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