Latin American Rivers Among Most Polluted in World: World Bank

6 Jan 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WASHINGTON, DC, United States

Rivers in Latin America are among the most polluted in the world, according to a World Bank expert.Spanish daily El Pais last week quoted World Bank Water and Sanitation Specialist Carmen Yee-Batista as saying some 70 percent of wastewater in Latin America is discharged into rivers or other water sources untreated, creating serious public health and environmental problems."We take the water, use it, and return it to the rivers completely contaminated," she said.The problem is especially concerning because 80 percent of the region’s population lives in cities, and a large number live in settlements near contaminated sources, she warned...

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