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Ministry of Environment Introduces Strict Anti-Water Pollution Measures

A new strategy designed to put an end to China’s ongoing water pollution problems by 2020 has been unveiled by the Ministry of Environmental Protection with backing from a number of other government departments. Sanctioned by the State Council and billed as The Water Pollution Prevention and Control Plan for Major River Basins (2016-2020), the initiative focuses on improving the overall quality of surface water, increasing the total area of high quality water resources, reducing all instances of aggravated water pollution and ensuring the provision of safe drinking water across the whole of the country.

Within its remit, the strategy extends across seven of China’s major river basins, 287 cities and 30 provinces and prioritises the prevention and monitoring of industrial, urban and agricultural / rural pollution. It also outlines a strict action plan that will be implemented in order to reduce the level of water pollution in the designated river basins and to guarantee high environmental standards in all drinking water sources.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:

Circular on Issuance of the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Plan for Major River Basins (2016-2020) (Huan Shui Ti No. 142 [2017])

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