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Waterways on the improve

The proportion of highly polluted water in all city waterways will drop to 12 percent by the end of this year thanks to a series of measures.

The city launched a three-year plan last year which aimed to eliminate water rated inferior to Grade V, which is malodorous black water that is so polluted it can’t be used and is ugly to look at, in Shanghai by 2020.

More than 3,150 waterways were improved last year as a result of dredging, pipeline renovation and a crackdown on illegal construction.

In 2017, Shanghai introduced the river chief scheme, a nationwide campaign to improve city waterways.

District directors are appointed as chiefs of the main waterways in the areas under their jurisdictions. Directors of sub-districts or towns are appointed as secondary chiefs responsible for smaller waterways in their areas.

Jingbei River in Qingpu District is one of the improved waterways. The transparency of the river has now reached 1.2 meters. Several years ago it was black and smelly.

The river is about 2 kilometers west of the National Exhibition and Convention Center which is the venue of the China International Import Expo.

“We reconstructed pipelines nearby so that wastewater wouldn’t go directly into the river,” said Yang Xinzhi, chief of the river. “We also cracked down on five cases where people were illegally discharging water into the river.”

The public space alongside rivers is also getting better.

A 11.2-kilometer jogging and walking path along the Suzhou Creek in Changning District will be finished this year, said the district authority.

By 2020, 42 kilometers along the Suzhou Creek will be open to the public.


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