China will complete a pilot project in the next five years aimed
at protecting drinking water sources in rural areas, authorities
By 2010, 600 water source environmental protection projects will
be completed to fight water pollution in rural China, according to
an environment protection plan for the countryside released by the
State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) Thursday.
Pilot projects will be run in areas where the drinking water
source is seriously polluted and poses a health risk to peasants
living on the water, the plan says.
China has more than 3,100 drinking water sources and 5,716 areas
are demarcated as protection zones.
More than 300 million Chinese peasants living in the countryside
drink unsanitary water. Only 66 percent of rural China's drinking
water is up to sanitation standards.
In the first six months of this year, 11 major accidents
polluted drinking water sources. They included a chemical leak from
an overturned truck on a highway in southwest China's Chongqing, a serious hydrochloric acid leak
from a truck in Zhejiang province and the pollution of a
drinking water well in Yangquan in north China's Shanxi province.
(Xinhua News Agency October 27, 2006)