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Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.

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Closing the Loop on Wastewater in China and the United States

Closing the Loop on Wastewater in China and the United States

Wastewater is often out of sight and out of mind. It disappears from our lives, flowing through pipes and underground sewers for treatment in often-distant plants. Yet treated wastewater replenishes waterways and ensures a healthy environment. Inadequate wastewater systems can cripple cities like New York and Beijing, leaving them vulnerable to flooding and surface water pollution.

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