A man drives a boat along a river polluted by leaked fuel, in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan ($100 billion), the environment ministry said on Thursday.
The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water pollution, and cover 325 contaminated groundwater sites across the country, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said in a notice.
A total of 343 contaminated sites had been identified, meaning that 95 percent had drawn up plans to bring water quality up to required standards, it said.
However, it noted that some regions were still behind schedule when it came to meeting their 2017 water pollution goals.
Large amounts of China’s water have been rendered unusable as a result of poorly regulated industrial expansion, overmining and the uncontrolled use of pesticides and fertilisers.
With China desperate to increase supplies …