Water supply is one of China's most serious problems and the country has been investing billions of dollars to secure a reliable supply to meet growing demand. In an attempt to improve efforts for conservation of water resources, the northeastern province of Heilongjiang will be investing $3.35 billion this year in various water-related projects, Bloomberg reported.
Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia, will focus on conserving water used in agricultural irrigation and drainage, as well as on better flood protection and preservation of water resources in general, according to the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency.
Water projects are a priority for the central government not just because demand is increasing both from the public and businesses, but also because the bulk of the country's water resources are heavily polluted. As part of its wider plan to tackle the problem, the government is planning to roll out a tier-pricing scheme for water delivery and to increase the prices of water supplied to conservancy projects, Bloomberg added.
According to Water Resources Minister Chen Lei, the central government will step up its planing for medium and large reservoirs, particularly in regions with intensive urbanization and industrial growth. Government officials are currently working on a project to move 44.8 billion cubic meters of water per year from the south of the country to the north.