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‘The Joint Management of Five-Waters’ has Produced a 2,000 km Clear-Water River at ‘The Source of Three Rivers’

Date:2018-08-29 Source:Qingyuan County Government Office Author:

  To see if there is floating garbage, abnormal color, any damage on the dam, and to check whether there is dumped muck, occupation of waters, and damages in signs of the lake chief... Since July this year, as the lake chief of the Dishan reservoir in Xixi River Basin, Wu Lishui, director of Zeshukeng village committee of Jushui country, has been patrolling the Dishan reservoir for 8 times.  

  It is the responsibility of the lake chief to preserve the natural form of the lake to the maximum extent possible and to maintain the river-lake ecosystem, Wu Lishui said, during his lake inspection tour, if any problem occur, he will report them to the township and town authorities as soon as possible. He will also clean up in time to make sure the water in the lake is clear. 

  The lake chief system is an upgraded version of the river chief system, which has been implemented in Qingyuan for four years, and it is also the further deepening of The Joint Management of Five-Waters. Under the general framework of river chief system, Qingyuan County incorporated natural lakes and artificial lakes ( reservoirs ) into the implementation scope of the lake chief system, and formed a cohesive management system which is closely connected with the existing river chief system. At present, Qingyuan has set up two county-level lake chiefs, 27 country-level lake chiefs and 24 village-level lake chiefs.  

  Water control is the duty and mission of Qingyuan, which has the reputation of The Most Ecology and Environment Friendly County in China. It is also the actual implementation of President Xis saying, Good ecological protection is the greatest achievement. 

  As early as in 2013, after the county set off the garbage revolution, Qingyuan County set the 28th of each odd month every year as the action day for cleaner countryside, party members, cadres and villagers of 345 villages throughout the county practiced it together, and all were mobilized to launch an all-round campaign against garbage, thus laying a solid foundation for the The Joint Management of Five-Waters. 

  Qingyuan has numerous rivers and babbling streams, and is divided into seven major river systems with 1071 big and small rivers and a total length of 2,198 kilometers. The total water area is 27.84 square kilometers. 

  The most important task in harnessing water is to cure and manage well these big and small rivers. As a result, in 2014, around the goal of ‘Clear three waters’, Qingyuan began to implement the river chief system, and assigned 335 river chief in counties, townships and villages, involving seven major river basins and 279 river sections. At the same time, the county mobilized volunteers and the masses to actively manage water, and enthusiastically participated in the big action of ‘All clearing the water’.  

  With more than 300 river chiefs patrolling along the river and tens of thousand of people’s participation, Qingyuan water control quickly achieved significant results. At the end of March, 2014, Qingyuan took the lead in eliminating the garbage river in the city, and completed the “Cleaning Three Rivers” mission in mid-June. In September, Qingyuan became one of the counties to achieve the goal of “Cleaning Three Rivers”  in the province, and was the first County in Lishui to achieve the goal. 

  Qingyuan is the "Source of the Three Rivers", which are the Minjiang River, the Oujiang River and the Saijiang River. It is known as the “Besides Three Rivers From Two Province." In the “Five Waters Joint Governance” work, Qingyuan County explored and established a “cross-border water control instructor” model by cooperating with neighboring counties in Fujian Province, and assigned 30 water control instructors to 11 towns in the border of Fujian Province. Entering Fujian territory, the instructors used their words and actions to influence Fujian's neighbors, and extended Zhejiang's "Five-water Joint Governance" to Fujian. 

  On December 29, 2014, a “Beside Water Pavilion” was officially completed at the junction of the Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, between the Xinyao Village in Zhukou Town and Yanxia Village in Songxi County. The two sides who had been blamed for water pollution problems are now cooperating again because of joint water control. Through years of joint efforts to control water, the annual water quality of the streams that flows from Qingyuan to Fujian has remained above Class II. 

  Through years of water control, the water environment of Qingyuan River has been significantly improved, and Qingyuan has won the the outstanding counties (cities, districts) of Zhejiang Province's “Five-Water Joint Governance” with Dayu Ding  in 2015 and 2016.. 

  A hundred feet of hoes still have to go further. For Qingyuan, there is no end to water control. In March 2017, Qingyuan County further deepened, re-calibrated and re-started the work of “five-water joint governance” and put forward the goal of “100 days to Eliminate Poor V-type Water in the Whole County”. 

  “Eliminating Poor Water” is a landmark of “Water Control Revolution” that comprehensively improves water quality. The county has the same desires, and all the departments cooperated together and the cadres and citizens also cooperate with each other to actively participates in this water control revolution. 

  19 townships (streets) actively carried out rehabilitation for small water bodies such as small ditch, small canals, small streams, small ponds, and pigs raising. The county committee carried out the activity of “Youth River Xiao Er, Take Responsibility of Water Governance and Water Care”, and the County Women’s Federation organized women to carry out the action of “ Thousands of Beautiful Women River Protector Work Together to Eliminate the Poor V-type Water” . There are 42 two-new organizations in the county that “adopt” 42 small and micro-water bodies with a total length of 68.9 kilometers, all of which are in place. 

  On May 31, 2017, 107 county-level inferior V-type small micro-water bodies and 22 sewage outfalls that needed to be rectified all completed the remediation tasks, and successfully achieved the goal of “hundred days to eliminate poor water”. 

  From the city's first to eliminate the garbage river, to becoming one of the province's first batch of county to achieve the goal of "Clean Three Waters" , and then continue to win the water control "Dayu Ding", complete the "hundred days to eliminate poor water Qingyuan "water control iron army" spare no effort to deeply  promote the "five-water joint governance", making the river water of the mushroom town become more clear, the ecology becomes more beautiful, and the moving picture of the beautiful Qingyuan is laid out. (Qingyuan County Government Office)