BEIJING, Feb. 10 -- Beijing is stepping
up efforts to improve its water environment for the aquatic sports venues of the
2008 Olympic Games, the capital's water authority has announced.
|Chaobai River is seen in this file
Water input channels and routes are being designed
for the aquatic sports stadiums and parks, along with the related clean-up of
"All the key moves to tackle the water environment
pollution in this city will start this year, to build on work that has already
been carried out in previous years," said Yu Yaping, an official with Beijing
Comprehensive pollution reduction and control
measures will be stepped up in the first half of this year in Chaobai River,
Qinghe River and Yangshan Channel, where aquatic sports venues and parks are
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in northeastern
Beijing will use the water supply from Chaobai River, and water used by the
Olympic Park is to be piped from Qinghe River and Yangshan Channel.
The improvement measures will concentrate on the
drainage service and waste water disposal system, as well as water supplies and
will also benefit the city after the Olympics.
Inadequate water supplies could be solved by
water-saving technology and policies, from repaired reservoirs and assistance
from other places, Yu told China Daily.
He added drainage management and control was a major
problem to be tackled.
"What we aim to build is an ecological water system
to provide a pleasant environment to people not just simple clean-up work for
only a section of a river," he said.
All the rivers suffering with pollution problems
within the Sixth Ring Road are expected to flow with clean water by 2008 because
of the measures.
Last year, the new Xiaohongmen Waste Water Treatment
Plant sent Beijing's daily disposal capacity to 2.5 million tons of waste water
in urban areas, providing 260 million cubic metres of recycled water.
Another urban water plant, Beixiaohe Plant, will open
later this year along with six others in suburban areas.
By 2007, the capital is expected to be home to 14
major waste water treatment plants to satisfy agricultural and industrial needs.
Last year, Beijing consumed 3 billion cubic metres of
water, covering residential, construction, farming and industrial uses.
The supply came mainly from underground water, Miyun
and Guanting reservoirs and recycled water.
Beijing water supply allocated from neighbouring
Hebei and Shanxi Provinces in North China totalled no more than 100 million
(Source: China Daily)