Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has introduced ten new regulations for the conservation of local water resources and the water ecosystem.
Tibet has the most abundant water resources in China, with an annual resource volume of more than 430 billion cubic meters, 60 times the country's per capita level. Its clean, uncontaminated water is also considered among the world's best.
However in recent years, the quality of local water has been declining due to special climate and geologic conditions on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and unevenly distributed rainfall, according to regional water authorities.
The ten new regulations include strengthening control over pollutant discharge, management of water resources and development of new technologies to help preserve water, among others.
According to the plan, drinking water quality in major cities in the region is expected to meet national standards in 2020, and the ecosystem of local lakes, rivers and wetlands will also be improved.