China granted loan from World Bank to clean Pearl River Delta

27 March 2007

Beijing, China, 27 March – The World Bank has granted China a loans of US$96 million to clean up the Pearl River, the Chinese official press reported Monday.

The financing involves a total investment of US$188 million and is the second phase of an intensive cleaning project of the Pearl River Delta, which suffers from the polluting discharge from Guangdong province, in southern China, according to official financial paper, the Economic Observer.

The World Bank loan, the paper added, will make it possible to expand water treatment stations in the cities of Foshan and Jiangmen, which are responsible for around 15 percent of the polluted waters discharged into the delta.

the project also includes reinforcing the banks of the river to prevent flooding and setting up a system of water quality inspection and supervision.

In 2004 the World Bank granted loans for construction of a water treatment plant in the city of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, which was until then the largest single source of the river’s pollution.

The environment around the Pearl River Delta, which one of the areas of fastest economic growth in China, has suffered from the unsustainable economic development of the area, as most industrial and domestic effluent is not treated and is directly dumped into the river.

The Guangdong provincial government began a river clean up plan in 2002, with forecast investments of over US$5 billion in water treatment units by the end of the decade. (macauhub)