Coming Clean on Sanitation: China, People’s Republic of

ADB’s ‘Coming Clean on Sanitation’ features the sanitation landscapes of six Asian countries and aims to increase awareness on Asia’s sanitation challenges.

This is a story of the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China, captured through the prespective of a photographer who has documented its history for several years now. There is a stark contrast between the health of the creek before and after the 1970s, when a 11-year, $2 billion restoration project was launched by the civic authorities. A mix of measures was undertaken– source treatment of industrial effluents, pumping oxygen in the waters, dredging, plantation along the banks etc.

Seagulls and fish now thrive in the waters of the creek that had once turned dark and viscous.

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Produced by: Wang Erquan for Chinese Central Television
Year: 2009
Language: Mandarin and English

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