Clean Wa­ter

Beijing Review - - This Week Society -

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.

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