A cap on annual water usage in Guangdong of 45 billion cubic meters is planned for 2020 as the province continues to build a water-saving society.
Water usage per 10,000 yuan ($158) of industrial added-value and water usage per 10,000 yuan of GDP should be capped at 31 cubic meters and 51 cubic meters annually, said He Guoqing, deputy director of the provincial department of water resources.
The above two indices dropped markedly by 53.7 percent and 49.7 percent to 30.11 cubic meters and 51.83 cubic meters between 2010 and 2017, although the province's GDP almost doubled to 8.99 trillion yuan during that period, said Cai Zehui, another deputy director of the department.
Guangdong's water resources department held an event in Guangzhou on March 22 to promote water-saving and river protection awareness to mark the World Water Day.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Total water usage in Guangdong declined to 43.35 billion cubic meters in 2017 from 46.9 billion cubic meters in 2010.
The department held an event in Guangzhou on March 22 to promote water-saving and river protection awareness to mark World Water Day.
Guangdong authorities will continue to carry out all-round measures for saving water in agricultural, industrial and residential sectors, He said.
By 2020, all cities at and above the county level will have put in place a residential water pricing system in which families using large volumes of water will be levied at a higher rate.
Guangzhou locals take part an activity which aims to promote water-saving and river protection awareness on March 22. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]