City to Start Cleanup of Maozhou River this Year

City to Start Cleanup of Maozhou River this YearMaozhou River the longest river in Shenzhen is also the most heavily polluted. The river is said to undergo a cleanup starting this year with a allocated budget of more than a billion yuan and is expected to be completed in 2015.

Based on the results of a water quality monitoring done by the Guangdong Environmental Monitoring Center indicated that the water in the river trunk and its main tributaries is severely polluted with nitrogen and ammonia readings higher that the permitted amounts ranking it at the bottom of the national water quality scale. The head of the Guangming New Area Construction Bureau stated that three chemicals namely ammonia, phosphorus and nitrogen are abundant in the river due to the domestic sewage and waste water coming for the local aquaculture that directly discharges into the river.

The river also runs through areas between Dongguan and Shenzhen wherein a growing number of labor intensive industries and workers are also contributing to the water quality degradation. Last March the cleanup project was one of the top environmental improvement projects made by the Guangdong Province.

The city water affairs bureau said that the project will cover mostly the 18 kilometer long section in the Guangming New Area, which will also cover the 12 tributaries.

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