New plan puts greater water efficiency on tap

An action plan has been introduced to tighten water consumption as part of high-quality development moves, which aims to improve

efficiency in the use of natural resources and better protect the environment while boosting economic growth.

By 2020, water consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,487) of GDP is expect

ed to drop by 23 percent from that in 2015, with a 20-percen

t reduction in using water to produce 10,000 yuan in industrial added value, according to the plan promulgated by t

he National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Water Resources on April 15.

In addition, China’s overall water consumption will be constrained within 670 billion c

ubic meters by 2022, with improved conservation, the document said. Furthermore, the figure will be con

trolled within 700 cu m with water conservation and recycling at a world-leading level by 2035.

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