China Expends $100 Bn for Keeping Water Clean

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SHANGHAI: China launched a project devised under the 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water pollution, and that cover 325 contaminated water sites across the country. Under this mission nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects are taken care of with total investment of 667.4 billion yuan ($100 billion), the environmental ministry said. Around 345 contaminated sites have been identified, drawing around 95% to meet water quality up to required standards. However, some regions were still lacking in the planned schedule to meet the 2017 water pollution goals. China increases the supplies to guarantee future food and energy security, promised in 2015 to make significant improvements in its major waterways and curb untreated wastewater from highly polluting sectors like mining, steelmaking, textiles, printing and oil refining. Across the countries, the around 1,762 companies are taking initiative to prevent water pollution by adopting clean production methods like changing approximately 75,000 underground oil tanks to two- layer tanks and added seepage prevention methods.

China grades its water in six bands, and the ‘below grade 5’ waters are described as ‘black and stinky’ are considered unsafe and unusable even for irrigation and agricultural purposes. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the quality of water has improved in the year of 2017 and of 2,100 ‘black and stinky’ sites identified, 44.1% sites had already completed the treatment projects. 809 new household sewage treatment facilities were built in the first half, but the regions of Tianjin, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, Xinjiang, Hubei and Guangdong were behind schedule, the ministry adds. China for attaining water pollution goals has already appointed 200,000 ‘river chief” and given power to local govt bodies to hold the accountability of improving water quality and curbing pollution.