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100 Million-Dollar ADB China Loan To Clean Up Wuhan Waterways

File photo: Water pollution is a major problem in China.
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) Jul 11, 2006
China is to get a 100 million-dollar loan from the Asian Development Bank to clean up the polluted waterways of the industrial city of Wuhan, the Philippines-based lender said Tuesday.

The project would build or upgrade wastewater treatment facilities, repair and extend collection networks, and add larger stormwater pumping stations for the city of eight million people.

"The project will provide the 10 percent additional capacity critical to achieving the citys target of 80 percent treatment of the wastewater generated by 2010," when the project is completed, ADB financial specialist Sangay Penjor said in a statement.

A generation of rapid economic growth and urbanization have put pressure on overloaded facilities in Wuhan, the bank said.

Despite abundant water resources, 56 percent of its rivers and 89 percent of its lakes are now polluted due to wastewater discharge, some of it untreated. Sewers overflow in the wet season.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Hong Kong's leader Donald Tsang Monday pledged to tackle the city's worsening air pollution and urged the public to do its bit in the clean-up. Tsang said the government had done much to clean up the air but acknowledged more needed to be done.

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