Beijing Water

Polluted China rivers threaten “sixth” of population


August 27, 2007

Polluters along two of China’s main rivers (the Huai and the Liao) have defied a decade-old clean-up effort, leaving much of the water unfit to touch, let alone drink, and a risk to a sixth of the population, according to state media.

Pollution on the Huai also threatens the massive South-North Water Transfer Project to draw water from the Yangtze River through the Huai basin to the country’s parched north, Mao Rubai said. “Large volumes of untreated domestic effluent and industrial waste-water are dumped directly into the river,” he said, threatening the quaility of water used for the South-North Water Transfer Project.

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