New directions in Chinese wastewater

Almost 90% of China’s cities now benefit from their own major wastewater treatment plants. It suggests that the days of the big city-wide wastewater deals may be coming to an end, writes Kathy Liu.

According to the latest report from China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, 579 of the country’s 655 cities were being served by WWTPs at the end of June, 19 more than in the previous quarter.

The total number of wastewater treatment plants serving those cities rose from 1,415 to 1,519, with total city capacity rising from 94.35 million m³/d to 98.42 million m³/d....

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