20 Feb '11, 3pm

Flood of money needed to fix China's water woes

Flood of money needed to fix China's water woes

A farmer scoops water from a sewage-polluted river on the outskirts of Yingtan, Jiangxi province. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING/SHANGHAI - CHINA is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China needs to spend up to US$20 billion (S$26 billion) a year to bring its urban water supplies up to standard, according to the World Bank. Larger and wealthier cities have already started investing in the sector, but water supplies in smaller cities and the countryside still fall short, leaving about 800 million people without clean drinking water. Water infrastructure was given unusu...

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