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Premier inspects water pollution in Harbin
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-26 23:19:20

Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) inspects the water pollution of the Songhuajiang River in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 26. (Xinhua)
     HARBIN, 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.

    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 the meeting.

    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 said.

    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, he noted.

    China will keep Russia well informed and strengthen bilateral cooperation.

    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.

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