Beijing Water

Pollution control ordered to protect Beijing water source

Xinhua
June 23, 2006

Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has ordered governments on the upper reaches of the Danjiangkou reservoir to curb pollution so that water to be diverted to Beijing will remain clean.

Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has ordered governments on the upper reaches of a major reservoir to curb pollution so that water to be diverted to Beijing will remain clean.

Zeng called on local governments in the upper reaches of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Hubei Province and the reservoir area to make greater efforts to keep the water clean and reduce pollution.

He made remarks during a tour of the area from June 21 to 23.

The government plans to divert water from the reservoir on a major tributary of the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world, through central China’s Henan Province to Beijing.

Work on a project to divert water from the Yangtze River through some of east China mainly for Shandong Province is underway.

Zeng urged local governments to step up construction of waste water and garbage treatment facilities in the reservoir area to curb pollution while increasing efforts to control soil erosion inthose areas.

He said the authorities involved must decline proposals for new energy-intensive and highly polluting uses, while phasing out existing polluters and promoting environmentally-friendly sectors.

The government would continue ecological projects, including the afforestation of poor quality farmland, and protect forests in those areas, he said.

Under the original plan for the unprecedented project, 9.5 billion cubic meters of water will be diverted from the Danjiangkou Reservoir through the central route to the arid north of China from 2002 to 2010.

The south-north water diversion project, approved by the government in December 2002, allows for the diversion of 44.8 billion cubic meters of water annually from the Yangtze River through eastern, central and western routes to relieve shortages in north China by 2050.
< BR> Construction on the project’s eastern route began in December 2002 and is expected to supply water to Shandong Province by 2007.The central route was begun in December 2003 and is due to supply water to Henan and Hebei Provinces, Beijing and Tianjin by 2010.

Construction on the western route is scheduled

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