East China’s Anhui province has made significant progress in controlling pollution and improved its environment over the past five years, local authorities said at a press briefing on Monday.
The province’s average concentration of hazardous airborne particles PM10 stood at 58.5 micrograms per cubic meter as of November 30, down 18.8 percent from the same period in 2015, according to He Zequn, head of the Department of Ecology and Environment of Anhui Province.
The percentage of days with good air quality was 85.9 percent during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), hitting a record high.
The proportion of surface water of good quality - at or above Grade III in China’s five-tier water quality system - reached 84 percent as of the end of November, 9.5 percentage points higher than the target, while no surface water was rated at Grade V, the lowest level.
The rate of satisfaction in the province’s ecology and environment exceeded 90 percent, according to a recent opinion poll by the Bureau of Statistics of Anhui Province.
The province has also made remarkable achievements in the protection of the Anhui-section Yangtze River, the official said. 1,597 out of 1,747 issues concerning the environment of the river have been settled by the end of November.