Five years to clean up China’s wastewater

The Chinese plan to spend $60 billion on urban wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. The move will maximise the potential of under-utilitised assets.

China’s State Council announced plans last month to spend RMB3.4 trillion ($536 billion) on environmental protection before the end of 2015, of which RMB380 billion ($60 billion) will go on urban wastewater systems, including reuse. More than half (56%) of this is expected to come from private sources. The 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP) implies a 14% increase in municipal wastewater investment...

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