China plans to spend 2 trillion yuan (US$330 billion) on a new plan to combat water pollution, Shanghai Daily reported Wednesday. The plan is still being finalized but the budget has been set, exceeding the 1.7 trillion yuan that the nation plans to spend on air pollution fight, it said. Authorities aim to improve the quality of water by 30 to 50 percent through investment in measures such as waste water treatment, recycling and membrane technology. The report did not say when the plan would take effect.
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