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UPDATED: 14:17, March 22, 2005
China to step up water resource protection
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The severe situation of water resource environment has captured the high attention of the Chinese government.

Water resources are facing four challenges

China faces four long-term severe challenges in the water resource area.

-- Flooding is still a serious trouble for the Chinese people.

-- Inconsistency in water resource supply and demand is becoming increasingly prominent.

-- Grave soil erosion situation

-- Water pollution has not been effectively controlled.

Five measures to ensure water security

Pan Yue, deputy director-general of the State Environmental Protection Administration, said on Monday that China would strengthen water environment protection and ensure water security in five aspects.

-- Prioritize the water quality in drinking water source areas

-- Improve water pollution control level and push ahead water pollution control in key drainage areas

-- Implement management of ecological systems and rejuvenate the river of life

-- Step up enforcement of environmental protection laws and resolutely punish various illegal pollutant discharges.

-- Do a good job in information release relating to water environment quality and implement the public's right to know regarding the environment

Ensure drinking water security for farmers

Water Resources Minister Wang Shucheng stressed on Monday that China currently has more than 300 million people whose drinking water security cannot be guaranteed. The monitoring and supervision of pollution sources in urban and rural areas must be enhanced to prioritize the protection of drinking water security and the public's lives and health as the top task in water conservation work.

Wang Shucheng said, during the eleventh "five-year" China would put emphases on solving problems such as inadequate drinking water quality including high fluorine content, high arsenic content, bitter and salty water and polluted water as well as serious shortages of drinking water in some areas. China is to reduce the proportion of population which are unable or cannot afford to drink safe water by one third by the year 2010. By the year 2020 China is to make sure that drinking water is safe or basically safe for urban and rural residents.

By People's Daily Online

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