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China mulls $321 billion to treat water pollution

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China's State Council, the cabinet, is weighing a 2 trillion yuan ($321 billion) action plan to prevent and control water pollution, the China Business News reported citing unnamed sources from the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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The plan aims to improve overall water quality, ensure water safety, and maintain the entire water eco-system, the sources said.

It will be another major step by the world's second-largest economy to curb environmental pollution after the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, which was rolled out in September last year.

China has stepped up efforts to improve water quality in recent years, as a significant part of the water system has been polluted and drinking water safety issues keep popping up.

"As much as 10 percent of China's surface water system has been severely contaminated, and in some places the pollution level is as high as 39.1 percent," the report quoted Li Ganjie, vice-minister of the environmental protection, as saying at a news conference.

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