Cities seek to clean up their pol­luted rivers

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Many Chi­nese cities have be­gun tack­ling wa­ter pol­lu­tion, buoyed by gov­ern­ment cleanup goals and public sup­port for rid­ding their com­mu­ni­ties of black, smelly rivers and ponds. But sig­nif­i­cant work re­mains, en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts say.

Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince, for ex­am­ple, has 135 se­verely pol­luted rivers, ac­count­ing for 58.7 per­cent of the city’s to­tal, while 18 cities in He­nan prov­ince have 34 black and smelly rivers, more than half of their to­tal.

Se­ri­ous ur­ban river pol­lu­tion has drawn at­ten­tion from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. The Ac­tion Plan for Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol of Wa­ter Pol­lu­tion, a pi­o­neer­ing na­tional road map for cleaner wa­ters re­leased on April 16, has set de­tailed goals for th­ese rivers.

By the end of the year, cities are ex­pected to com­plete in­spec­tions of all pol­luted rivers, and by 2017, there should be no float­ing garbage and no il­le­gal sewage dis­charge. By 2020, all pol­lu­tion prob­lems should be re­solved. (Photo 3)

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