Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China
Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Shuǐlìbù
Agency overview
Formed September 1954
Jurisdiction  People's Republic of China
Headquarters Beijing
Minister responsible
Parent agency State Council

The Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) of the People's Republic of China is the department within China's Central People's Government responsible for managing water resources in China.

However, there are several authorities responsible for water management in China. Water pollution is the responsibility of the environmental authorities, but the water itself is managed by the Ministry of Water Resources. Sewage is administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, but groundwater falls within the realm of the Ministry of Land and Resources.[1]


Current principal leaders

The Ministry of Water Resources is directed by the Minister of Water Resources.[2]

Position Name of Person
Minister Chen Lei
Vice Minister E Jingping
Vice Minister Jiao Yong
The Leader of Discipline Inspection Team Tian Xuebin
Vice Minister Liu Ning
Vice Minister Tian Ye
Vice Minister Zhou Xuewen

List of ministers

NameTook officeLeft office
1Fu ZuoyiOctober 1949February 1958
1958–79: merged with Ministry of Electric Power
2Qian Zhengying (钱正英)February 1979March 1982
1982–88: merged with Ministry of Electric Power
3Yang Zhenhuai (杨振怀)April 1988March 1993
4Niu Maosheng (钮茂生)March 1993November 1998
5Wang Shucheng (汪恕诚)November 1998April 2007
6Chen LeiApril 2007March 2018
7E JingpingMarch 2018Incumbent



The Ministry of Water Resources consists of following departments and offices:[3]

Department Area of Responsibilities
1 General Office Coordinating activities among different departments
2 Department of Planning and Programming Developing national water resources development plans
3 Department of Policy, Law and Regulations Formulating water policies and relevant rules and regulations
4 Department of Water Resources Management Managing the water-drawing permit system and water resources fee system;
5 Department of Finance and Economics Formulating economic regulatory measures for the water industry
6 Department of Personnel, Labor and Education Managing personnel, establishment of institutions and their staffing, labor and wage management
7 Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology Managing water issues foreign affairs between the Chinese Government and foreign governments, and for the development of science and technology for the water industry
8 Department of Construction and Management Formulating rules and regulations and technical standards for the management and protection of water areas,
9 Department of Water and Soil Conservation Water and soil conservation and coordinate the overall control of water and soil loss
10 Department of Irrigation, Drainage and Rural Water Supply Formulating policies and programs with respect to rural water resources and develop relevant specifications and standards
11 The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief headquarters Organizing nationwide activities of flood control and drought relief, undertake the day-to-day work

Other agencies


See also

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