Cities seek to clean up their polluted rivers
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)