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China to Strictly Control Water Consumption

The Chinese Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei, recently spoke at a forum, stressing a strict control of the nation’s annual water consumption. The goal set for the year 2015 is 635 billion cubic meters; it is 670 billion for the year 2020. The Ministry is speeding up the process of defining national water consumption standards for high-water-consumption industries and for the service industry. Chen also emphasized that it is very important to protect drinking water sources and underground water. He said China has the most difficult water management situation in the world. The next step is to hold heads of local governments responsible for enhancing water management supervision and for implementing the administrative system.

Source: China News Service, April 15, 2011