China to spend $330 billion to clean up water pollution

Feb. 18, 2014

BEIJING — A 2012 survey reported 57.3 percent of groundwater samples to be heavily polluted.

BEIJING — China has plans to spend $330 billion to combat the water pollution crippling its scarce water resources, according to an article by Reuters.

The country's population, one fifth of the world, far exceeds its water resources of only seven percent of the world's available water, noted the article.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has goals to improve China's water quality by 30 to 50 percent, the article reported, by investing in wastewater treatment, recycling and membrane technologies.

According to the article, a 2012 survey of 5,000 groundwater check points found 57.3 percent of samples to be heavily polluted, as China emits around 24 million tons of COD and 2.45 million tons of ammonia nitrogen into its wastewater each year.

China will need to spend 60 billion Yuan on sludge treatment facilities and 10 billion Yuan per year on operations to clean up the pollution, continued the article.

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