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BEIJING -- Facing severe shortages, Beijing authorities
plan to veto new water-guzzling businesses and reward companies that
use water-saving technology, the state media has reported.
The plan will block approval of new businesses in the textile,
leather, metal smelting and chemical industries, the newspaper China
Makers of beverages, plastics and pharmaceuticals must meet water
conservation restrictions to gain approval, said the newspaper,
citing a notice by the Beijing Development and Reform Commission.
``Besides banning and limiting water-consuming businesses, my
commission also worked out a list of 93 kinds of water-saving and
water-recycling products,'' Zhang Yanyou, director of the
commission's industry division, was quoted as saying.
He said the municipal government set up a special fund to
subsidize enterprises engaged in water-saving toilets, sewage
treatment and other water-saving technology. Beijing's 3 million
flush toilets could save tens of millions of gallons (liters) of
water each year if they are converted.
``The market for water-saving devices is very large. ... The
amount of water wasted by leaks every year almost equals to the
annual output of a waterworks,'' said Zhang Shouquan, a water expert
with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, quoted by China Daily.
Beijing sits on a dry plateau in northern China that is prone to
drought. The central government is in the early stages of a project
that is meant to move huge amounts of water from China's south to
irrigate parched areas of the densely populated north.
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