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Ft 140 billion to improve drinking water

Hungary will spend Ft 140 billion by 2010 to improve the quality of its drinking water, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Water Management announced. The drinking water of about 2.5m Hungarians, or a quarter of the population, contains amounts of chemicals exceeding recommended EU levels. The biggest project, already underway, is in the southeast of the country. It will cost Ft 100 billion to implement and will affect the drinking water in 225 cities and towns. Another project, in the northeast of the country, has also started. The project costs Ft 6.2billion, of which 75% will come from the EU Cohesion Fund. (Econews)