What shall be the legal liabilities for violations of “Shanghai Water Law of the Peoples Republic of China”?

    Answer: In order to protect the water resources, water areas and water projects of the nation from being damaged and to promote the sustainable development of Shanghai, the following legal liabilities are stipulated in “Shanghai Water Law of the Peoples Republic of China” against those illegal practices that endanger the nation’s water resources, water areas and water projects: whoever draws, blocks or discharges water and thereby causes obstruction or losses to others shall stop his acts of infringement, remove the obstruction and compensate for the losses; whoever damages water project facilities, hydrologic monitoring facilities and other flood prevention facilities, whoever carries out, within the protection zone for river courses, lakes and various water projects, any act of blasting, drilling a well, quarrying rocks, or collecting earth, etc., which endangers the safety of water management, whoever breaks, opens or drills the river dikes for construction purpose without authorization shall be ordered to stop their practices within given time or take remedial measures and imposed a 1,000~50,000 yuan penalty.

    Anyone, who reclaims mudflat of any lake, river or seashore for use as farmland; abandons objects which obstruct navigation or the passage of flood; presumes to carry out any water-related constructions; damages dikes or causes deterioration of river conditions during construction; piles bamboos and woods in the river course and lakes which affects the passage of flood and the safety of water projects; builds, rebuilds and expands the dock or conducts underwater practices which affects the passage of flood and the safety of river dikes, shall be ordered to stop his illegal act and clear away the obstacles or take other remedial measures within the specified time limit and imposed a 1,000~30,000 yuan penalty. 

    Anyone, who illegally graze, thin out or build sheds, houses, graves and pile bamboos and woods in the river course in the protection areas without authorization, illegally cut protective trees around the bank or damage wave protective crops, and dump industrial, construction and domestic waste into the river course, lake and onto the bank slopes which affects water flow, shall be ordered to stop his illegal act and clear away the obstacles, confiscated of his illegal gains and imposed a 100~10,000 yuan penalty.