The Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Water Resources jointly deployed a special environmental protection action for centralized drinking water sources in the country, involving a total of 2,466 surface water sources.
The source of drinking water is related to the drinking water safety of the people. According to the relevant person in charge of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the current situation of environmental protection of drinking water sources is very grim. In some areas, there are unclear delineation of drinking water source protection zones, unclear borders, and more illegal issues, and there are prominent hidden risks of environmental risks. According to preliminary investigations, there are a large number of water source violations in various provinces. Many water sources have industrial enterprises, transportation docks or sewage outlets, and even some companies, wharves and water intakes have coexisted for many years, and the hidden risks are prominent. There are also some water source protection areas that are unreasonably delineated, covering the entire county or town, involving a large number of residents Villages, construction projects, and protection systems have not been put in place.
This special action will comprehensively solve the current environmental hazards affecting drinking water safety. All localities should comprehensively improve the level of water quality safety guarantee for drinking water sources by delineating drinking water source protection zones, setting up protection zone boundary signs, and clearing up and rectifying illegal projects.
It is understood that from 2016 to 2017, the former Ministry of Environmental Protection has organized the investigation and rectification of environmental problems in drinking water sources in cities at the prefecture level and above in the Yangtze River Economic Belt. By the end of 2017, all the 490 problems found in the investigation had been rectified.
The person in charge said that the scope of this special operation was wider than before. By the end of 2018, special environmental protection measures for water sources in counties and above in the Yangtze River Economic Belt will be completed, and other areas will be renovated in cities with water sources at and above the prefecture level. By the end of 2019, we must complete the environmental improvement of all water sources in counties and above.
Special actions have further consolidated the responsibility of local governments, established a list of issues to rectify the sales number system, and ensured that each issue was effectively resolved. At the same time, local governments are required to disclose the list of issues and the progress of rectification to the society in a timely manner.
The person in charge said that the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will carry out inspections on the situation in various places and "look back" on cities in the Yangtze River Economic Zone at the prefecture level and above. Those who falsify, delay in progress, or deteriorate water quality will be notified for criticism and public interviews; if the circumstances are serious, they will be transferred to the local government for accountability according to different situations.