China to spend $330 billion to combat head on water pollution problems

A man walks by a pipe discharging waste water into the Yangtze River from a paper mill in Anqing
A man walks by a pipe discharging waste water into the Yangtze River from a paper mill in Anqing, Anhui province, December 4, 2013.
CREDIT: REUTERS/WILLIAM HONG

Beijing, China, Feb. 19, 2014 – China recently has made plans to spend about $330 billion (2 trillion yuan) to tackle the water pollution problem crippling its scarce water resources, according to a news article released by Reuters.
With its population of about a fifth of the world with just 7% of its water resources, the situation is especially precarious, where some regions notably in the north of the country, have less water per capita than the Middle East.

The goal is how to improve China’s water quality by 30%-50% by investing in wastewater treatment, recycling and membrane technologies, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

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