Home / Environment / Policies and Announcements Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Timetable set for pollution control in major lakes
Adjust font size:

The Chinese government has set a timetable for control of the country's pollution-plagued lakes, aiming to restore them to their original state by 2030.

In a circular issued Tuesday on enhancing water protection in major lakes, the General Office of the State Council said that by 2010, the aggravation of pollution in major lakes must be curbed and water quality improved.

The country's major lakes - Taihu, Chaohu and Dianchi, which are water sources for millions, have been contaminated by algae blooms, which eat up oxygen in water which in turn leads to the deaths of water creatures and makes the water undrinkable.

Other major areas involved include Xiaolangdi Reservoir in the lower reaches of the Yellow River, the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, and Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China's Hubei Province.

To mitigate environment pressure, local governments around major lakes were ordered to beef up the elimination of factories with backward production measures that lead to serious pollution, such as paper making, printing and dyeing, tanneries, breweries, and various chemical industries.

By the end of this year, all qualified companies in the areas should be issued with sewage discharge licenses, the circular said. Those who dump waste water containing excessive levels of pollutants were asked to improve their waste treatment facilities by the end of June.

If their waste water still does not meet the required standards by the deadline, they would risk suspension or shutting down.

The State Council asked local governments to install nitrogen and phosphorus removal facilities in newly-built or half-built sewage treatment plants to ensure first-grade water emission standards.

Existing plants must also install nitrogen and phosphorus removal facilities by the end of 2010, according to the circular.

The central government also banned the sale and usage of detergents containing phosphorus, as well as the use of pesticide with highly toxic residue in areas surrounding major lakes.

The circular also ordered all fish farms to be removed from the three lake areas by the end of 2008, and to decrease farming areas to the prescribed areas in other lakes in the country in three years.

All About  Lake pollution, Drinking water

(Xinhua News Agency January 23, 2008)
Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- Drinking water gets top priority in new plan
- Factories around Taihu Lake face fees
- Pollution hits Lanzhou section of Yellow River
- Billions invested to remedy water pollution
- Water quality at Taihu Lake 'much improved'
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