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Korean groups urge end to water use tax

Korean groups urge end to water use tax
Religious representatives are praying during a joint prayer service

April 11, 2011

Five South Korean religious environmental groups have called for the abolition of a water tax, in protest against the government’s Four Rivers project, during a joint prayer service for life and peace.

The Religious Solidarity for Deterrence of Four Major Rivers Project including the Catholic Solidarity for Deterrence of Four Major Rivers Project held the service outside Seoul’s city hall recently.

Around 800 people including clergy from Buddhism, Catholicism, Chondogyo, Protestantism and Won-Buddhism participated in the service.

Seoul imposed the tax in 1998 to improve water quality in the Han River. People pay 170 won (US$0.15) for a ton of tap water, on top of existing water charges.

Why pay the charge when the pollution has become more serious, they noted.

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