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First decentralized wastewater treatment system in Lao PDR

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Wastewater treatment as part of the sanitation system is an important environmental service that is closely linked to water management. The poor sanitation management in Lao PDR generally contributes to wastewater pollution especially in the urban areas. The major water source for urban supply is surface water since most towns are located along the rivers as groundwater is for the rural population. Now, both the surface and ground water quality are already declining although still within the acceptable limits. Water pollution issues will become increasingly important in the near future.

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