Water Pollution in China

Central China province to curb pollution in Dongting Lake

Date of Release: 
Mar 7 2016

Hunan Province in central China will reduce pollution at a major lake along the middle reaches of Yangtze River, in the following five years, local authorities said Sunday.

Dongting Lake has been left contaminated following years of industrial and agricultural growth, said Li Liqiang, deputy director of Dongting Lake ecological environment monitoring center.

Chen Xiangqun, vice governor of the province, said that ditches and ponds around the lake will be dredged, and pollution caused by livestock and poultry breading around the lake will also be addressed.

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China Reaffirms Record Pollution Penalty

Date of Release: 
Jan 25 2016

China's top court last week upheld an earlier ruling to impose a record-high penalty of 160 million yuan (US$26 million) on six companies from the city of Taizhou in eastern Jiangsu province for discharging waste acids into two rivers.

Although the court’s decision set an unprecedented example for businesses in China to better manage industrial waste, it only marks the beginning of the country’s uphill battle against its massive water pollution crisis, analysts say.

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China’s bottled water industry eyes up the Tibetan plateau

Date of Release: 
Nov 16 2015

In the last two decades China has become the world’s largest bottled water consumer and a major producer. With per capita consumption 19% lower than global average, the market is expected to continue to grow.

Although it currently makes up a small proportion of China’s annual bottled water production, water from Tibet’s mountain glaciers is seen as the new point of growth for China’s booming bottled water industry.

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"Poor" water-pollution control in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2015

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Cities and provinces have been named and shamed for poor water-pollution control, including Beijing and neighboring Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Wednesday.

The ministry evaluated the implementation of two water pollution control guidelines that cover China's major drainage areas, including the Yangtze River and Yellow River, for the year 2014.

Other regions brought to task include Henan and Hubei provinces, and the reservoir region of the Three Gorges Dam.

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China faces grave water pollution challenges

Date of Release: 
Aug 28 2015

China still faces serious water pollution challenges, despite progress over the past few years.

Of the 972 national monitoring stations, 9.2 per cent posted surface water quality below grade V last year, said Chen Changzhi, vice chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, on Thursday in a report delivered to the top legislature’s ongoing bimonthly session.

The figure was 17 percentage points lower than the level in 2005, marking significant improvement, Chen said.

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