China has launched almost 8,000 water clean-up projects since early 2017, as part of their 2015 plan to prevent water pollution and cover up hundreds of contaminate groundwater sites across the country.
The total investment in the projects so far have exceeded $100 billion.
Although some regions are still behind schedule, China is still working to meet its 2017 pollution goals. Over 80% of the nation’s companies have started using clean production methods to help prevent future water pollution, and according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, China has covered 343 contaminated water sites across the country.
In order to ensure future food and energy production, China is desperate to increase the quality of their major waterways and clean up pollution from industrial areas. Poorly regulated industrial expansion, overmining and the uncontrolled use of pesticides and fertilisers has made much of China’s water unusable.
— Pollution in China (@InPollution) April 30, 2015
For the people’s sake, let’s hope China is able to meet their 2017 goals, and perhaps inspire other countries to follow suit.