More than 77 percent of Chinese coastal city sewer outlets discharged
excessive amounts of pollutants into the sea in the first six months, State
Oceanic Administration revealed on Friday.
According to an oceanic monitoring report issued by the administration, the
total amount of discharged pollutant from more than 500 coastal city sewers
exceeded that of the same period last year by 18.2 percent.
Most of the sewer outlets were improperly arranged, with 43 percent
constructed in aquiculture, tourism and reserved areas and 33 percent located in
harbor and shipping areas, the report said.
Only 8.4 percent of the sewer outlets were located in designated discharge
areas, it said.
Organic compounds, suspended matter, phosphates and ammoniacal nitrogen were
the major pollutants.
The report said 82.8 percent of the sewer outlets along east China's Yellow
Sea discharged excessive pollutants.
Li Chunxian, spokesperson with the administration, said the average daily
pollutant discharge from the outlets in the first half was 9,230 tons, 6.7
percent more than the same period last year.
However, Li said the average daily sewage discharged into the sea dropped to
60.65 million tons, a decline of 16.3 percent.
The decline was mainly due to less runoff during dry periods, Li said.
The administration would intensify monitoring of sewer outlets in coastal
areas and tighten controls over sewage disposal of high resource-consuming
enterprises in coastal areas and the amounts of major pollutants discharged, Li