Private water’s new Top 50 take a bow

Chinese private water operators now occupy more than twenty of the top fifty spots globally, when measured by the number of people served. With over a billion people catered to by the top 50 alone, where will the next phase of growth come from?

More than one billion people worldwide now receive water or wastewater services from the top 50 global private water companies, according to new data compiled by Global Water Intelligence this month.

The rise of deep-pocketed Chinese operators through organic and acquisitive growth has been little short of meteoric, to the extent that they now fill five out of the top ten spots (see table).

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