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New marking system to help conserve water

By Wang Qian (China Daily)

08:58, March 13, 2012

A woman drinks from a bottle of water with the "iWater" logo on it at the news center for the NPC and CPPCC sessions in Beijing on Monday. (Feng Yongbin / China Daily)

Mark your bottled water and please be sure to drink it all.

Those words can often be seen on posters placed outside conference rooms at hotels where deputies to the two sessions of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are staying.

Beyond the exhortation, the posters note that much bottled water is wasted simply because people will often take a drink from one bottle, set it aside and then not be able to distinguish it from other bottles left in the same place.

The new marking system, with the logo "iWater", was jointly launched by the Beijing Travel Committee, a government agency that promotes tourism in Beijing, and the leading group of Champion of the Water Alliance, a non-governmental water conservation organization.

The system is meant to enable the deputies to pick out their original drink from among others and finish it without worrying that they might have grabbed the wrong one.

In recent days, every bottle of water that a China Daily reporter saw in various conference rooms at the hotels had a green tag that a person could easily mark using his nail or something else.

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