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Law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Water
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CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1 This Law is formulated for the purpose of preventing and controlling water pollution, protecting and
improving the environment, safeguarding human health, ensuring the effective use of water resources and
facilitating the development of socialist modernization.
Article 2 This Law shall apply to the prevention and control of pollution of rivers, lakes, canals, irrigation
channels, reservoirs and other surface water bodies and of groundwater within the territory of the People's
Republic of China.
This Law is not applicable to the prevention and control of marine pollution, which is provided for by a separate
Article 3 Competent departments under the State Council and local People's governments at various levels shall
incorporate the protection of the water environment into their plans and adopt ways and measures to prevent and
control water pollution.
Article 4 The environmental protection departments of the People's governments at all levels shall be the organs
exercising unified supervision and management of the prevention and control of water pollution.
Navigation administrative offices of transportation departments at various levels shall be the organs exercising
supervision and management of pollution from ships.
Water conservancy administration departments, public health administration departments, geological and mining
departments, municipal administration departments and water sources protection agencies on major rivers of
People's governments at various levels shall, through performing their respective functions and in conjunction
with environmental protection departments, implement supervision and management of the prevention and
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Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, P.R. China. Law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, text, May 11, 1984; Beijing, China. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11926/m1/1/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .