City Records More Hazy Days in 2013 than in 2012
Based on a report that was released by the city environmental commission, Shenzhen registered a total of 98 hazy days in 2013 which is 21 days more compared to 2012.the report only indicated that the air quality in the city could have gotten worse. Based on the Air Quality Index the measurement system that the city adopted last year, the city saw good and fairly good o 324 days last year.
The average PM2.5 level nationally was at 11 and the air quality monitoring in Shenzhen reported a 39 micrograms per cubic meter in 2013 which is 1.6 micrograms higher than in 2012. A spokesperson for the Shenzhen Environment Monitoring Center said that he bad air quality in the city was due to the uneven precipitation, the increase in the number of vehicles and adverse weather conditions. Throughout the year rain was unevenly distributed furthermore winds coming from the north influenced the weather further and brought pollutants from neighboring cities.
The vehicle exhaust inspection office also reported that more than 300,000 vehicles were registered in the city bringing the total number of registered vehicles to 2.7 million and emissions from these vehicles has contributed to the bad air quality in the city.
Along with the plans to control air pollution the city will also address the problem with water pollution as they plan to upgrade the sewage treatment system near rivers to help separate seware from rainwater.