Draft amendment strengthens government's role in water protection

Xinhua News Agency

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BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature on Thursday began reviewing a draft amendment to better prevent water pollution by strengthening government responsibility and supervision.

The draft amendment to the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for second reading at the start of its bi-monthly session.

The draft suggested that the "river chief" system should be promoted to provincial, city, county and township levels, with leading officials assuming major responsibility in addressing water pollution.

It also says that city and county-level governments should disclose information about the implementation of water quality improvement plan to the public.

Drinking water suppliers who failed to provide standard water to the public will be fined up to 200,000 yuan (about 32,000 U.S. dollars), according to the draft.

Its first reading was deliberated at the top legislature's bi-monthly session in December 2016.

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