The world’s largest country is investing $20 billion a year to clean up its water supply.
But as its economy recovers, it is also taking a closer look at its own water and the environmental impacts that go with it.
Key points:The Chinese government is investing billions in clean water projects across the countryThe country is spending $20bn a year on clean water infrastructure projectsThe project to clean its water is expected to cost $1.5 trillion to build and runThe projects are aimed at providing clean drinking water for 10 million households in cities and towns in China, which accounts for around 40 per cent of the world’s population of 1.3 billion.
The clean water project is part of China’s push to clean the countrys water supply by 2020, with a goal of cutting the amount of polluted water by a third by 2030.
“We need to do something about water pollution, but we need to take a long view, which means we have to make good on promises to clean our water and we have a lot of water-related problems that we need help with,” Environment Minister Geng Xiaoping said on Wednesday.
China’s $20billion water plan aims to provide clean drinking drinking water to 10 million homes.
It aims to install 20 billion filtration pumps and other water infrastructure in rural areas and to replace contaminated land with clean water-conserving structures.
“The plan to clean water will be much bigger than just this clean water initiative, it will also include other projects, including the clean water investment fund and the clean land investment fund,” Mr Geng said.
Water resourcesChina’s water resources are in flux.
China is using more water for industrial purposes than ever, with the government focusing on using groundwater for industrial use.
Its biggest water project to date, the 3,500km Longyan Dam, is planned to flood a large area of the country’s northern Gansu province, including parts of cities such as Beijing, which is estimated to be over half the size of the US.
But that plan has been controversial, with some protesters opposed to the dam and others saying it would be disastrous for the environment.
China plans to build another 4,000km of dams on the Yangtze River in the Ganso region.
Water rightsChina has a vast landmass that stretches across vast swaths of land and has vast water rights, allowing it to produce large amounts of clean water.
Water from the Yangbai river is used for irrigation in cities, but water from other sources is also used for domestic use.
The government plans to invest $3 billion in projects to convert land into more productive land, while the rest of the investment will go towards creating a new water industry.
The money will be used to increase the water-use efficiency of farmland in the region.
The Gansi region accounts for nearly 40 per one per cent, or 4.5 million people, of Chinas total population of about one billion.
China also plans to improve the efficiency of its rivers, which are more than 20 times larger than those of the United States.
The plan is to install water treatment and other infrastructure on a total of 1,000m hectares in the country, according to the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency.
More:The new water-efficient farmland is expected be a key part of the clean-water strategy.
Water use in ChinaThe country also plans more projects to improve water-saving technology, including installing more water-tight devices and improving water filtrations.
In recent years, China has increased its use of renewable energy, with more than half of its electricity generation coming from wind power.
The country has also invested heavily in new energy technology to power industrial and commercial buildings, which has helped it become a leading producer of clean energy.