Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Water quality plan a success: Officials
Adjust font size:

An emergency response system for the country's drinking water set up last year has helped improved water quality safeguards significantly, senior officials said yesterday.

Some 3,500 emergency response measures dealing with environmental incidents have been drawn up by several provinces, Li Xinmin, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration's (SEPA) pollution control department, said.

file photo: Huairou Reservoir, a drinking water source for the Beijing City in its northern part

The measures follow the SEPA's handbook on a national response scheme for environmental incidents released earlier this year, Li said in an online interview yesterday posted on the central government website or www.gov.cn.

Li said the SEPA has responded to 261 environmental incidents since last year, of which 147 involved water pollution and 53 the safety of drinking water sources.

In response, 79 work teams and expert groups have been sent out by the SEPA to look at inter-regional practices on water pollution emergencies.

The SEPA is one of a number of government agencies engaged in ensuring safe drinking water.

The Ministry of Construction has also released emergency response schemes on urban water supply systems and researched 123 types of pollutants in water sources.

Shen Xujian, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission, which oversees the allocation of water resources, said the quality of drinking water in urban areas has greatly improved.

"Much work has been done on the protection of water sources, ensuring supply and monitoring quality," Shen said.

But he said severe water shortages persist in some regions and pollution remains a problem.

Water supply facilities, which the Ministry of Construction plans to renovate, are also relatively obsolete.

China has promised to provide safe drinking water for 160 million residents in 205 cities and 350 towns by 2010.

(China Daily November 21, 2007)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
Most Viewed >>
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai particulate matter III1
Guangzhou sulfur dioxide II
Chongqing particulate matter III2
Xi'an particulate matter III1
Most Read
- White paper on energy
- Endangered monkeys grow in number
- Yangtze River's Three Gorges 2 mln years in the making
- The authorities sets sights on polluted soil
- China, US benefit from clean energy
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base