Cleaner Air Seen for the First Quarter of the Year
For the first quarter of 2014 the air quality in the city has improved slightly thanks to frequent rain, good air currents and the city’s efforts in curbing emissions. Based on the Air Quality Index a standard gauge of concentrations of air pollutants was adopted by the city last year have reached a rating of good and fairly good in 81 days of the first quarter.
Air quality authorities said the improvement in the air quality was due to increase precipitation along with stronger air currents and the city’s new measures in reducing emissions. For the first quarter the city received more than 240 millimeters of rain100 millimeters more compared to the first quarter of last year. The increased rainfall has helped clean the air. Also the increase velocity of air currents and wind flowing from the south have also helped in the disbursement of air pollutants in the city.
Furthermore the new aggressive measures that the city adopted in curbing emissions and enforcing environmental measures such as using cleaner diesel fuels as of December, together with the elimination of the use of heavy polluting vehicles and the shutting down of several coal powered plants in the city.
Aside from the clean air, the water quality in most rivers have also improved, Maozhou River water quality improved only after the city constructed a water treatment plant, conducted a sewage interception project and closed down heavily polluting enterprises found around the river.