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Here is article on Siemens doing WasteWater treatment for Anqing Coking Refinery for discharge into Yangze River which has become a top Chinese environmental initiative (and become a river that this year has entered China into several modes crisis).
There are things worse than flooding ………………
The Yangze is 3rd largest in world and largest in China – it is also a major domestic barge hub for cargo movements. Conditions on Yangze since February 2011 have been highlighted by the worst drought in over 50 years (opposite problem US has on Mississippi -its Chinese counterpart) with the Honghu Lake in central China also at 1/3 its water surface. Conditions for power and water are severe/crisis mode and as long as they exist China’s largest damn, 3 Georges, will not release water to relieve them (catch 22?).
As mentioned Yangze river is largest, longest (~3900 miles Tibet to Shanghi) and most important shipping route in China. The Yangze River basin is home to ~1/3 of China’s population & accounts for ~40% of Chinese economic growth!
It has been closed to vessel traffic – especially above Wuhan/Hebi and left cargo ships stranded – emergency teams are rescuing grounded ships as we speak and Yangze has left over 400,000 people without drinking water. (See good recap & example pic below <which may not post> @ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2720160/posts )
Chinese fishing boats berth on the dried river banks as the annual dry winter
season caused the water level along the Yangtze river to be so low
By Peter Foster, Beijing 2:26PM BST 12 May 2011