Elbe river, once one of Europe'sdirtiest, now among cleanest

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7 July 2004 , DRESDEN - Water quality of the Elbe river has improved dramatically since unification of Germany in 1990, officials said. Once one of the most polluted rivers of Europe, the Elbe is now among the cleanest thanks to a more than EUR 3.5 billion clean-up project that included renovation of 600 sewage plants in former East Germany. "The quality is the best it has been in half a century," said Saxony Environment Minister Steffen Flath during ceremonies inaugurating a new water-treatment plant in S

7 July 2004

DRESDEN - Water quality of the Elbe river has improved dramatically since unification of Germany in 1990, officials said.

Once one of the most polluted rivers of Europe, the Elbe is now among the cleanest thanks to a more than EUR 3.5 billion clean-up project that included renovation of 600 sewage plants in former East Germany.

"The quality is the best it has been in half a century," said Saxony Environment Minister Steffen Flath during ceremonies inaugurating a new water-treatment plant in Schmilka.

DPA

Subject: German news

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