China will ensure the safety of drinking water by the year 2015 in rural areas, where it still remains inaccessible to more than 100 million people, a senior official said Thursday. At the end of 2012, 298 million people in rural areas were suffering from lack of access to safe drinking water, but by the end of this year, 63 percent of them will have safe water, said Li Guoying, vice minister of water resources…Full-text article: China Daily Aug 2013

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  • From 2005 to 2012, the Chinese government has allocated CNY 179.1 billion or US$29 billion for drinking water safety projects

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