Maozhou River to Undergo Cleanup Based on Framework Agreement Between Shenzhen and Dongguan
Shenzhen will be working with Dongguan and help clean up the Maozhou River. The agreement is based on a framework agreement between the two cities. Maozhou River is 31.3 kilometers long and run through Shenzhen Guangming New Area and Bao’an District and Chang’an Township in Dongguan.
Also called the black river by residents is said to be the most polluted tributaries in China. The river is filled with construction waste and other trash that has accumulated from nearby industrial complexes. Plus factories located near the river are known as heavy pollutants and the population of migrant workers in the area kept these factories in business and did little to curb pollution.
The Guangdong Environmental Monitoring Center said that the river is one of the most polluted rivers in the Pearl River Delta Region and is at the bottom of the national water quality scale. The cleanup project is listed among the top ten key environmental improvement projects that Guangdong Province listed in the past three years. the most polluted section of the river is located at the boundary between Shenzhen and Dongguan, and according to the monitoring center in addition to labor intensive industries, the underdeveloped waste water treatment networks is also to blame for the pollution.
Based on the agreement the two cities will join forces to strengthen enforcement on illegal drainage, forbid labor intensive and high energy consuming companies from doing business near the river and shut down all heavily polluting companies. The water quality of Maozhou River and it major tributaries is expected to improve to Grade V standard for water pollution in 2017 then Grade IV before 2020. Only Grade I and Grade II water can be used for drinking water in China.