Ministry of Water Resources: Accelerate the construction of a national water network to provide water security for promoting Chinese-style modernization

China Youth Daily client, Beijing, May 26 (China Youth Daily and China Youth Net reporter Gao Lei) Today, the State Council Information Office held a press conference on “Accelerating the Construction of the National Water Network and Improving the National Water Security Guarantee Capability”. At the meeting, Li Guoying, Minister of Water Resources, said that in order to provide a strong water security guarantee for promoting Chinese-style modernization, it is necessary to accelerate the construction of a national water network.

The site of the press conference on “Accelerating the Construction of National Water Networks and Improving National Water Security Capabilities”. China Youth Daily China Youth Net reporter Gao Lei/Photography

Li Guoying said that since ancient times, my country’s basic water regime has been summer floods and winter dryness, with shortages in the north and abundance in the south. The temporal and spatial distribution of water resources is very uneven. The distribution of water resources does not match the distribution of productivity. Water resource issues restrict economic and social development. In order to form a unified national market, smooth the domestic cycle, and promote coordinated regional development, it is necessary to accelerate the construction of a network pattern for optimal allocation of water resources, solve the problem of uneven distribution of water resources in time and space, and enhance the ability to regulate and supply water resources. Ensure high-quality economic and social development.

Li Guoying pointed out that for a long time, the water used for economic and social development in some areas has exceeded the carrying capacity of water resources, resulting in a series of water ecological problems such as river cut-offs, lake shrinkage, wetland drying up, and groundwater overexploitation. These problems are completely contrary to the inherent requirements of promoting Chinese-style modernization. To promote the harmonious co-existence between man and nature, it is necessary to strengthen the space protection of rivers and lakes, the protection of ecological flow and water quantity, systematically plan the optimal allocation pattern of water resources, and give full play to the comprehensive benefits of water resources. Return water to the river” to restore and protect the ecology of rivers and lakes.

In recent years, extreme weather events in my country have become more frequent, wider and stronger, and the suddenness, extremeness and abnormality of disasters such as rainstorms, floods and droughts have become more and more obvious. Li Guoying said that in order to effectively deal with the risk of floods and droughts, it is necessary to build a solid national water security barrier. With the occurrence of extreme weather events, changes in extreme weather conditions and their impact are intensifying, it is urgent to speed up the improvement of water conservancy infrastructure systems, promote the construction of high-quality, high-standard, and resilient safety water networks, and ensure the safety of people’s lives and property. Ensure the smooth, healthy and safe operation of the economy and society.

He further pointed out that to coordinate and solve water disasters, water resources, water ecology, and water environment problems, it is necessary to speed up the construction of “water resources” based on natural rivers and lakes, diversion and drainage projects as channels, storage projects as nodes, and intelligent regulation as means. A national water network with a complete system, safety and reliability, intensive efficiency, green intelligence, smooth circulation, and orderly regulation” will give full play to comprehensive functions such as optimal allocation of water resources, flood control and disaster reduction in river basins, and protection of water ecosystems. , comprehensively promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and provide a strong water security guarantee.