BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- All cities in China should be charging tiered prices for household water by the end of 2015, to encourage people to use less water.
The guidelines published on Friday by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Housing and Urban-Rural Development Ministry,suggest a three rate structure, charging more to homes which use more.
The structure will be based on average monthly household water consumption. The first tier applies to 80 percent of average consumption; the second tier to 95 percent.
The price differential between the three tiers should be no less than 2:3:6, and greater in areas where water is more scarce.
Key section of China's water diversion project completed
BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Major construction work on the middle route of China's water diversion project has been completed, the project construction committee announced on Wednesday.
The project, one of the country's largest infrastructure schemes, is designed to take water from the south to drought-prone areas in the north, including Beijing. Water will flow northward via three routes -- eastern, middle and western. Full story