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Measures planned to save water resources

CHINA will tighten water resources management and work to reduce waste to cope with worsening shortages, Water Resources Minister Chen Lei said yesterday.

"Shortages cause us to consider careful use of water resources to ensure sustainable economic and social development," he told a national conference in Guilin, in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

China is planning to reduce water consumption per unit of GDP to 125 cubic meters by 2020, down 60 percent from now, Chen said.

"We must take strict measures to preserve water resources in the face of the severe lack of water worsened by factors such as overuse, pollution and drought ," Chen said. China is facing the most severe drought in 50 years.


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