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Friday, 23 August 2013 14:21

Nakdong River Basin : Upgrading the Environment Administration to ministry status has ensured legal and administrative support for tackling water pollution

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The Nakdong river basin, which supplies drinking water to the Busan Metropolitan City, the second largest city in the Republic of Korea, became heavily polluted from the growth of an upstream textile industry. Research revealed that downstream water treatment costs exceded upstream water protection costs, prompting authorities to focus on protecting and treating wastewater at source.

 

These protection efforts are financed through fees collected from water users. The success of this scheme has prompted authorities to replicate the water user fee system in every major river basin in the Republic of Korea.

 

This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the

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