China: Beijing promises clean water Olympics
Updated - Friday 16 February 2007
Beijing says that it is confident it will meet clean water targets in time for the 2008 Olympics, with improved urban sewage treatment, and cleaner lakes and canals.
China promised to stage a "Green Olympics" and to improve the city environment. Now, the China Daily has quoted Jiao Zhizhong, head of the Beijing Water Authority, as saying: "We are confident that Beijing's water environment would reach, or even surpass, Olympic standards before the 2008 Olympic Games begin."
He said that the city was treating 90 % of urban sewage and that rate would rise with the completion of five treatment plants.
Jiao also said that Beijing was making progress towards ensuring that the city has enough clean drinking water. 80 percent of urban homes had installed water-saving equipment and farmland was being irrigated by less wasteful methods. By the times that the Olympics open, Beijing will be getting an extra 300 million cubic metres of water from neighbouring Hebei province.
Source: Reuters / China Daily, 31 Jan 2007
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