Beijing is planning to clean all polluted rivers and ponds by the end of this year.
According to the Beijing Water Authority, there were previously around 140 polluted rivers in the city, 57 of which have already been cleaned. The rest will be cleaned by the year’s end.
The city uses over 1 billion cubic meters of recycled water per annum and has built or renovated 50 water treatment facilities over the past few years.
Beijing is perennially troubled by water shortages. Since 2014, the capital has received more than 3.22 billion cubic meters of water through the middle route of the south-tonorth water diversion project.
The middle diversion route begins at the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China’s Hubei Province and runs across Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching Beijing and Tianjin.
Beijing has appointed more than 5,900 river chiefs to oversee water conservation at different administrative levels.
A week of saving water began in China on March 22, to mark World Water Day.