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In China's murky waters, global sewage firms seek rewards


Water purification equipment by Emefcy is seen at a school campus in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China June 20, 2017. Picture taken June 20, 2017. REUTERS

Water purification equipment by Emefcy is seen at a school campus in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China June 20, 2017. Picture taken June 20, 2017. REUTERS

CHANGZHOU, China: Global sewage and water treatment firms are eyeing opportunities in an unsavoury place: a growing pile of waste in China, the world's most populous nation.

The country has been for years battling contamination from fertilizer run-offs, heavy metals and untreated sewage. A survey in 2015 showed nearly two thirds of China's underground water and a third of its surface water was unfit for human contact.

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