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All sewage in Beijing to be reused within three years
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14:10, December 15, 2008

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Reporters learned from the Beijing Sewage Association that within three years, all water processed in the city's sewage treatment plants will meet requirements for reuse.

The annual capacity of Beijing's nine sewage treatment plants totals 900 million tons, but only 100 million tons of treated water is qualified for reuse.

An official from the association said Beijing's sewage treatment rate has reached 93% this year and the water quality has met standards for safe reuse.

The total quantity of treated water in Beijing is currently 600 million tons, 50% of which can be reused. Beijing has already found the fundamental solution for sustainable utilization of water resources.

The official said that although the sewage treatment rate has reached 93% in urban areas, it is very difficult to meet a 7% sewage treatment rate in the intersecting areas between urban and rural regions.

Beijing's nine sewage treatment plants recycle 900 million tons of sewage annually, but only 100 million tons of treated water is qualified for reuse. Therefore, the city is scheduled to make all recycled water from sewage treatment plants safe for reuse, meeting a standard referred to as "white and pure," and restore the 1960s' landscape of the capital being surrounded by clean water in the coming three years.

By People's Daily Online

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