Over the next three years, Beijing plans to invest RMB13 bn in wastewater treatment and solar power projects, predominantly in rural areas, officials from China's Ministry of Water Resources and the Beijing Municipality announced. The capital city is facing a water shortage, and is pledging several billion RMB to solve the crisis. 135 water-saving projects are planned over the next five years to ensure Beijing's fresh water supply.
One of the newest projects is a treatment facility built by Germany's Siemens Water Technologies, which provides 100,000 cubic metres of water daily. Siemens also signed an agreement with the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, to improve the water quality of Taihu Lake. Some 11 other provinces have announced plans to build 42 new wastewater plants.
France's Suez Environnement will start a drinking water project in Chongqing, and an industrial water and wasterwater project in Changshou. U.S.-based ITT has won a contract for a cooling tower, wastewater treatment and the heating and air conditioning systems for LDK Solar in Xinyu.
Statistics show 400 Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, "have inadequate water supplies," California-based Cleantech Group says. 300 major Chinese cities reportedly lack wastewater facilities.
The need of water treatment is illustrated in an incident of last week, in which 200 people became sick after drinking contaminated water in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The water was polluted by a metallurgical company, state media reports