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New system to cut water usage, improve quality

Shanghai will set up a new water management system by 2014 which is going to apply the most rigorous standards on water saving and sewage treatment in China, the Shanghai Water Authority said today.

The new system will require scientific water allocation and a central platform to monitor and control water usage by companies.

A sewage treatment network will be built across the city within three years to prevent reckless discharge of waste water into local rivers.

"The city aims to improve the water quality of its rivers and lakes so that 53 percent of them meet the water quality standard in three years. Meanwhile, industrial use of water will be cut by 30 percent from the 2010 level," said Zhang Jiayi, director of Shanghai Water Authority.

He said the city is to invest up to 100 billion (US$16 billion) yuan over the next five years to improve its water facilities.

The cash will be used to build anti-flood and water supply systems and to improve riverbank administration.

Zhang said Shanghai made big progress in water supply and management last year and will double its investment in water projects over the next five years.


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