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Capital plans upgrade to downtown sewage system

By CAO YIN ( Updated: 2016-07-24 10:07

Beijing is planning to replace 20 kilometers of its sewage system in downtown areas this year, in a bid to separate rainwater from waste matter, a report made by the municipal government said on Friday.

The report, submitted to the city’s legislature for review, stipulates that the government accelerate the separation of pipes used for sewage discharge from the ones used for rain in central districts by carrying out technical measures such as building storage tanks and upgrading sewage networks in old residential communities.

An Gang, a member of the Rural Affairs Committee under the Standing Committee of the Municipal People’s Congress, suggested the government increase efforts to replace sewage networks in other areas as well, as he said sewage discharge in villages was becoming a serious problem.

Lin Keqing, deputy mayor of Beijing, said the capital was planning to build 15 kilometers of sewers and four small sewage discharge plants to help solve the sewage discharge problem in 60 villages around the city.

Between 2013 and last year, the municipal government install more than 1,400 kilometers of sewers in Beijing, including 386 kilometers in downtown areas. 

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