11 Sep '17, 1am

China launches 8,000 water clean-up projects worth $136 billion

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan (S$136 billion), the environment ministry said on Thursday (Aug 24). The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water pollution, and cover 325 contaminated groundwater sites across the country, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said in a notice. A total of 343 contaminated sites had been identified, meaning that 95 per cent had drawn up plans to bring water quality up to required standards, it said. However, it noted that some regions were still behind schedule when it came to meeting their 2017 water pollution goals. Large amounts of China's water have been rendered unusable as a result of poorly regulated industrial expansion, overmining and the uncontrolled use of pesticide...

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