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Water rationing plan to be introduced next year

13 June 2012
A water resource allocation plan for 25 rivers that flow through more than one of China’s provinces will be put into use at the end of 2012. The plan will limit the amount of water that can be taken from the rivers by each province.

Announced in January by the State Council, the regulation set four compulsory targets by 2030, including limiting China’s annual total water consumption to less than 700bn cubic metres. The regulation also asks the entire country to limit the scale of water exploitation, improve the efficiency of water usage and curb water pollution.

“There are no other countries that have set such detailed targets to restrict their own development by limiting usage of water resources,” said Chen Ming, deputy head of the Water Resources Department under the Ministry of Water Resources.

Within three years, a nationwide monitoring system will be put in place, with more than 10,000 monitoring points providing real-time data of water pumped from major rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

     
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