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  Donna Thiessen 

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BEIJING, CHINA – (September 15, 2006) Improving China’s capacity to manage and meet its water demands is the objective of a USTDA grant awarded today to the Beijing Water Authority (BWA).  The $533,016 grant will partially fund a study to help evaluate the viability of an integrated Beijing Storm Water Runoff Management System (BUSWRMS).


The grant was conferred in a signing ceremony held at the BWA Headquarters in Beijing.  Mr. Barry Friedman, Chief Commercial Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Mr. Cheng Jing, BWA Deputy Director, signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Chinese governments, respectively.


BWA has plans to collaborate with a U.S. company, EDAW, Inc. of San Francisco, California, to develop a system that utilizes storm water runoff as an alternative resource to mitigate the water scarcity problem in Northeastern China.  The system uses water sensors and computer modeling to predict and assess storm water amounts to divert the runoff into combined outflow or treatment plants, thereby allowing local precipitation to be used to increase the water supply.


The USTDA grant awarded today will help to fund an analysis of the system along with a pilot study for the BUSWRMS prototype.  In addition to the USTDA grant, EDAW, Inc. will provide additional resources towards the completion of the program.


Since 2001, USTDA has funded over 80 activities supporting important development objectives in China.  The agency’s China program targets development projects that represent opportunities for U.S. commercial involvement in the areas of transportation, energy, the environment, and other priorities.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.  The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.  USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.  In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.