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Russian rivers clean only in Siberia, Far East: official

10-21-2010 10:25 BJT

MOSCOW, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Siberia and Far East are the only regions in Russia where clean rivers can still be found, according to Minister for Natural Resources and Ecology Yuri Trutnev.

Speaking at the international Clear Water 2010 forum here Wednesday, RBC news agency quoted Trutnev as saying more than 30 percent of sewage waters in Russia had not been filtered at all or filtered only partially.

Trutnev said Russia's water facilities ranked second by scale only after China but the huge volume of fresh water in the country had led to its thriftless exploitation.

He said the Russian economy used twice as much water for one unit of gross domestic product as the U.S. and four times that of Germany.

Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of Russian parliament, the State Duma, told the forum Russia needed 100 billion U.S. dollars per year to invest in its water facilities. Eighty-five percent of the country's water pipes did not meet technological standards, he said.

According to Gryzlov, a Russia-China joint venture in Irkutsk region (South Siberia) would produce bottled drinking water from Lake Baikal. This would be a first step in the global export of Russian drinking water.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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