Investment in water projects tops 2 trillion yuan in 5 years

BEIJING -- China invested more than 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) in water conservation during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), the Ministry of Water Resources said on Friday.

The investment benefitted hundreds of millions of people through projects related to drinkingwater in the countryside, flood control, drought relief, irrigation and rural hydropower, theministry said.

"The coming five years is a critical period for China to quicken reform and development inwater projects and improve water safety. Good planning is key," said Jiao Yong, vice ministerof water resources.

Jiao said the government will keep investing in major water projects and encourage privatecapital to contribute.