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Ningbo emphasizes water quality and conservation

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2015-03-30

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The city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province has launched a string of water conservation activities to mark World Water Day on March 22.

In recent years, Ningbo has carried out projects to control and discharge floods and renovate damaged reservoirs. With increasing demand for quality water, the city's water supplier has vowed to improve water pipelines and build more sewage treatment plants to improve water quality and daily water treatment capabilities.

To optimize water utilization, the city has built special factories to offer industrial water and promote water recycling technologies.

According to Zhang Tuoyuan, director of Ningbo's water authority, the city has an insufficient water supply, with less than half as much water per capita as the country's average. By 2020, Ningbo's water demand is expected to exceed 3 billion cubic meters, hardly satisfied by existing reservoirs. And there is not enough space to build more large-scale reservoirs. Thus the city has rolled out stricter water management rules and plans to boost sustainable development of water resources, including river dredging, ecological restoration and balancing the resources of urban and rural areas.

In addition, Ningbo has called on local residents to make water conservation a priority. With 10 years of effort, water conservation has been one of their habits. According to statistics from the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Zhejiang has a total of 153 water conservation residential communities, 97 of which are in Ningbo, the highest number in the province.

Moreover, some non-profit groups also contribute to promoting water conservation among the public. They brought some residents to visit water recycling plants to help locals learn about water treatment and recycling. They also taught residents to put ecological fish-fry (a kind of fish that can degrade pollutants and dilute the concentration of algae) into rivers to improve river environment.

Edited by Andrew Ancheta