Shenzhen Water Resources Bureau, China

This is a case study conducted to determine the non-economic benefits created by the use of standards in one of the first water resources bureaus in China, the Shenzhen Water Resources Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for the development and protection of water resources, flood control, water supply, water saving, waste water management, soil and water conservation, clean-up of polluted water, recycled water utilization, sea water utilization and other activities. Significant improvements are noted during the first three years of implementing a specification for river maintenance and protection and other Chinese standards. Treatment of the water environment is more stabilized and comprehensive, rivers and banks are cleaner, inspection and security of rivers has been enforced and capability and competence in dealing with river emergencies is enhanced. Standards have since become part of the normal operating procedures in river management and maintenance in Shenzhen.



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