Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday arrived in Harbin,
capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, to inspect the water
pollution of the Songhua River and the public water supply system.
|Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R)
inspects the water pollution of the Songhuajiang River in Harbin, capital
of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 26.
The premier visited cadres and the people in Harbin
on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) , the
State Council and President Hu Jintao.
At 4 p.m., Wen presided over a meeting and heard
reports by theprovincial government and related departments.
He affirmed the work done in ensuring the public
water supply in Harbin, noting that the governments must be highly responsible
for the health and safety of the people.
Surveillance of water pollution must be strengthened
at cities, towns located along the river and the reports must be released to the
public in time, said Wen.
Comprehensive measures must be taken to ensure
people's demand of drinking water and the quality of the water. Labor force,
equipment and materials must be allocated in transferring water and digging
wells, he said.
Wen urged water plants to strengthen preventive
efforts against pollution and ensure supply and storage during the water-pausing
period, and urged to ensure water use in schools, hospitals and heating systems.
"We must not make one single person in short of
drinking water, nor can we make one drink polluted water," he told officials at
He also called for evaluation of environment after
the polluted water passed by and complete measures of cleansing the pollutant.
Impacts of the pollutant on the whole river needs to be investigated as well, he
Besides, Wen reiterated at the meeting of production
safety, particularly the safety of producing flammable, explosive and dangerous
chemicals. Those responsible for the Songhua River pollution must be punished,
China will keep Russia well informed and strengthen
The Premier finally asked the local authorities to maintain normal production and life order, strengthen control of prices of drinking water and relevant products, and keep the public informed in terms of factual information and the measures taken by the government.