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Plan to boost water management

SHANGHAI will establish the country's strictest water resource management system by 2014 to help clean up the city's water resources and reduce wasteful use, the government announced yesterday.

The new system will include more scientific water resource allocation across the city and a central platform to monitor the water use of companies and factories as well as the pollutants they discharge into waterways, said Zhang Jiayi, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

A sewage treatment network will be built across the city within three years to avoid waste water being discharged into rivers.

"We want to ensure that 50 percent of the city's main water resources meet the national standard and reduce water use at major industries by 30 percent compared to 2010 levels," Zhang said in a government meeting yesterday.

In 2010, the city's total water consumption was more than 12.6 billion cubic meters. With the new system it is expected to drop below 12.2 billion cubic meters by 2015, Zhang said.

Meanwhile, the new system will also limit the extraction of groundwater.


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