Environment Council of Zambia Spends $30 Million USD to Fight Pollution

15 Oct 2007 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
lusaKa, Zambia, Swaziland, MANZINI

— The Environment Council of Zambia (ECZ) has set aside $30 million USD to mitigate water pollution caused by several years of lead mining in Zambia's Kabwe town. Thousands of people in the town have tested positive for lead poisoning. Kabwe residents have been drinking and using lead-polluted water for several years, putting them at risk of health problems and even death. ECZ Managing director Edwin Zulu said the money would be used to reduce lead pollution that could contaminate water and affect water supply to residents, among other things. Zulu said the mining of lead in Kabwe had polluted surface and ground water and soil, hence the need to mitigate the pollution before lives were lost...

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