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No More Inferior-Vs When Rivers Run Clearer
2017-12-13 09:31:48

Another winter is here, but we do not chill out. What Zhejiang has achieved in water treatment since the beginning of 2017 keeps us buoyant. Given comprehensive treatment over the past 11 months, all the last 58 cross-sections earlier rated inferior-V category, at provincial, municipal, or county-level control, have improved so progressively in water quality that none of them is on the treatment blacklist anymore. Also, 16,455 micro and/or small water bodies, which were rated inferior-V earlier, reached targets and passed checks late in October. Overall, large rivers across Zhejiang all delivered A or B level water quality; among the 6 water systems governed by provincial-level river chiefs, although the Grand Canal in Zhejiang was reported lightly polluted overall, the other five, namely the Qiantang River, the Ou River, the Cao’er River, the Tiaoxi River and the Feiyun River, all showed A level water quality.
The continuous improvement in water quality and water environment is impossible without the sound phase-in of the six projects: sewer pipelines, de-silting rives, lakes, reservoirs and ponds, renewal of industrial environment, agricultural-rural landscape improvement, eco-friendly water supply and restoration. The plan of 3,000 kilometers of new installment of sewer pipelines in urban areas is finished. 11,618 cubic meters of silt has been removed so far, overtaking the targets set for this year. 636 enterprises in local key and feature industries depend on heavy consumption of water have been re-engineered. Upgrading household sewage treatment toward higher standards has benefited another 400,000 families in rural Zhejiang. 77, 276 pollution discharge outlets have been improved, right as planned.

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