China to implement measures to curb pollution in its water supply

Reuters reports on new measures by the Chinese Government to reduce river pollution:

China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country’s water supply.

The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its “war on pollution” after years of industrial development that have left one-third of China’s major river basins and 60 percent of its underground water contaminated.

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The new plan – published by the State Council, China’s cabinet – aims to raise the share of good quality water, ranked at national standard three or above, to more than 70 percent in the seven major river basins, and to more than 93 percent in the urban drinking water supply by 2020.

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