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  1. Hu gives top priority to boosting water projects

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... like those that have taken a hefty toll on the country so far this year. President Hu Jintao said at a conference on water resources that the nation would prioritise water projects, ... was the highest-level meeting yet held on water resources. In January, the party's Central Committee and the State Council jointly pledged to adopt a stringent management system for water resources ...

  2. A city in catastrophe, but rescuers lack even the most basic resources

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... to relieve the biggest human catastrophe he is likely to witness, but he does not have even the most basic resources. He cannot communicate with his officers, and his officers can barely communicate ... anything to give these people. We don't have water, electricity or toilet facilities. How can I take all these refugees when we can't even take care of our own people?' says Sheriff ...

  3. Pollution of water sources to be tackled

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... bickering and other factors. Qiu Weiduo, a retired senior engineer from the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, said the ambitious goals set in the blueprint would be hard to achieve. 'The government is good at setting attractive targets but often falls short of rolling out feasible measures,' Qiu said. 'It happens not only with water resources management ...

  4. Underground water quality declining fast

    Posted Nov 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan About 70 million people in China rely on underground water which is not up to government hygiene standards and half of urban underground water resources are polluted, ... to the study, 63 per cent of the country's total underground water resources were still suitable for human consumption and 17 per cent suitable after treatment. The remaining 20 per cent was too ...

  5. Cheap water just encourages waste

    Posted Jun 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... led to a great deal of wastage. Water is one of the nation's most valuable resources. Providing it for a minimal charge and allowing it to be misused and wasted inevitably leads ... that water is a basic right has to be changed. Water should be valued, priced and managed like any other key strategic resource. The latest drought is an opportunity to foster such thinking through ...

  6. No easy fix as huge spill threatens Liuzhou's water

    Posted Jan 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... drinking water, the scare has spread in Liuzhou, one of the biggest cities in the ethnic Zhuang autonomous region, where many residents have been stocking up on bottled water since last week. ... with cadmium levels five times above the national standard for drinking water as of yesterday, Xinhua reported. Tests conducted yesterday morning showed that cadmium levels within a 16-kilometre radius ...

  7. Dead fish, toxic drinking water... Now for the human toll

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as serious long-term implications. Villagers living along the river are still being given bottled water by the government and warned off drinking from local water sources. Hechi and the surrounding ... the river are time bombs that will turn rivers black and verdant mountains barren. The smelters require a lot of water to operate, yet many are not even equipped with the facilities to tackle mining ...

  8. Toxic waste 'serious' in Yunnan water

    Posted Aug 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai william.clem@scmp.com Illegal dumping of toxic chromium waste has 'seriously affected' drinking water in eastern Yunnan province, the Ministry of Water Resources announced, contrary to earlier claims by the local government. However, the ministry said the pollution- near Qujing, 100 kilometres northeast of Kunming- had not contaminated the Nanpan ...

  9. Water is a matter of national security

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... After decades during which China's water crisis has deepened, the central government is finally giving this problem the respect it deserves. A conference on water resources last week ... from leaders, although turning rhetoric into reality will not be that easy. The scale of the problem is daunting. More than half of the nation's water is polluted and a quarter ...

  10. Mainland 'inefficient in use of water'

    Posted Jun 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to tackle the problem,' said Suo Li-sheng, a vice-minister of water resources. The Ministry of Water Resources said 465 cubic metres of water was consumed last year for every 10,000 yuan ... David Fang It may be no coincidence that people on the mainland must make do with a quarter the amount of water available to the average person- China's efficiency in water usage ...




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