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UPDATED: 08:17, July 20, 2004
Baishan City to receive title of "International Mineral Water City"
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The International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water (IFPDW) will grant Baishan City in northeast China's Jilin Province the title of "China International Mineral Water City" in August.

This was revealed at a press conference at the Information Office of the State Council here on Monday.

The ceremony would be held during China's first festival of mineral water in Baishan, themed "Mineral water of Baishan, the source of health", from Aug. 18 to 20, said Fan Chuanming, vice mayor of Baishan.

Meanwhile, the festival would also hold an international forum on mineral water protection and utilization and arrange visits to the mineral water sites and drinking water enterprises, Fan said.

Located at the foot of Changbai Mountain and by the China-DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) border, Baishan boastsa water storage totaling 8 billion cubic meters and its forest coverage rate amounts to 83 percent.

In 2001, the IFPDW sent experts twice to Baishan to assess the mineral water resource and concluded that the city has rich and qualified mineral water.

Baishan is one of the world's richest regions of mineral water along with the renowned Alps and the North Caucasus, said Li Jie, official with the foundation.

According to the latest research, the city has detected nearly 200 mineral water source sites with the daily exploitation of 200,000 cubic meters.

Two major Chinese drinking water companies, the Wahaha and Nongfu Mountain Spring, have set up factories in Baishan with an annual output of 1 million tons. However, the present utilization is no more than 1 percent, indicated the research.

Source: Xinhua

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