China Water Report 2016
BMI View: The abrupt rise in population and urbanisation has put a strain on Chinese water resources.
China is using up water at an unsustainable rate, with many of the country's rivers having disappeared overthe past few decades. Over-extraction is a huge issue and is particularly prevalent in the north, where waterresources per capita are decreasing at an alarming rate. We therefore anticipate that over the longer term,desalination will account for a larger share of the country's total water supply mix. However, this will onlybe true of the wealthier coastal regions with large industrial hubs, as otherwise the cost-risks wouldoutweigh demand requirements.
Following confirmation for the completion of the 600,000 cubic meter a day underground Huai Fang reusewater treatment facility in Beijing due to be commissioned by mid-2016, we have upgraded our projectionsfor 2016 and 2017 growth in wastewater treatment volumes.
Construction has started on a desalination plant on the coast of Bohai Bay near Tangshan, China, with a20mn cubic meter annual capacity of potable water production. The project is scheduled to start operatingby 2019, and this growth is reflected in our forecasts for desalinated water production.
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