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Major challenges ahead for China's water industry
China is a nation that is prone to water shortages and in 2021 it experienced a particularly drought stricken year. The rapidly developing Chinese economy, steadily increasing rate of migration to cities and rising hygiene and health concerns amongst China's rising middle class are stoking demand even further. At the same time, industry and agriculture need a steady supply of water to fulfil the growing demands of the population. In a country where the growing demand for water exceeds the supply, the Chinese water sector is facing great challenges.
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Standards for drinking water have been raised to an international level, requiring local governments to upgrade their water purification facilities. Standards for wastewater emissions are more and more severely implemented. The Chinese government realizes that to meet the increasing demand, liberalization of the water sector is needed, as well as the adaption of foreign technology and expertise.
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Several factors have brought enormous challenges to Chinese water industry.
Some alarming facts:
- Per capita water volume in China is ¼ of the world average. Total used water volume is 604 billion cubic meters, with agriculture and industrial as the top two sectors for water consumption
- 400 out of 600 cities in China are facing water shortages to varying degrees, including 30 out of 32 largest cities
- Groundwater tables are depleting rapidly at a speed of about 1 meter per year due to over-exploitation
- A lack of municipal wastewater treatment is a big driver of water pollution
- Chinese water prices do not reflect its scarcity and are significantly below prices in countries with adequate water supply per capital.
Source: facts from the ‘Opportunities for Dutch Businesses (PDF)’ report on water technology by Netherlands Business Support Offices Wuhan & Nanjing.