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Per capita urban water use down 30 percent since 2000

(People's Daily)

15:27, September 05, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

A working conference held by the Ministry of Construction of housing and urban and rural areas and the National Development and Reform Commission revealed that urban water use calculated per capita per day dropped from 517.9 liters in 2000 to 364.7 liters in 2010, which is a decrease of 30 percent over the last decade.

The annual water consumption amount stabilized around 50 billion cubic meters. Annual water saving volume accounted for 10 percent of the annual water supply in urban areas.

Qiu Baoxing, vice director of the Ministry of Construction of Housing and Urban and Rural areas, said although water conservation has made great progress in China, severe challenges still exist.

On the one hand, water resources shortage was the basic water condition domestically and resource-oriented and quality-oriented scarcity were particularly acute water problems in China. On the other hand, people have not closely connected water conservation and sewage reduction with the sustainable development of cities.

Since the campaign of building water saving cities started in 2001, 57 cities from 23 provinces have been named a "national water saving cities."

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