China to limit water usage to below 670 billion cu m to 2020

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Posted: Nov 29, 2016 8:22 PM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will keep national annual water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters through to 2020, the state planning agency said on Wednesday, part of efforts to ease chronic regional shortages by cutting waste and boosting efficiency.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said it would also aim to cap total water consumption at less than 700 billion cubic meters a year though to 2030.

Consumption last year stood at 635 billion cubic meters, and supplies have been put under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand from agriculture, energy and manufacturing, as well as widespread pollution problems.

(Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Richard Pullin)