The earth’s freshwater resources make up just 2% of the planet’s total water supply. Currently, there are one billion people on the planet with no access to clean drinking water. China, one of the countries with the lowest per capita water volume, faces water shortages across two-thirds of its cities. Our water ecosystem is facing serious challenges, with a dwindling supply threating dire health and safety consequences. In addition to promoting water infrastructure expansion from urban to rural areas, China also pledged in its 13th Five-Year Plan to increase tap water penetration in rural areas to over 85% by 2020. Water quality compliance rate and supply safeguards also need to improve significantly.
SUEZ NWS works with local partners throughout Greater China to help municipal authorities protect community resources and provide safe and reliable water supply services. We also optimize management performance. With our support, municipal clients achieve efficiency, cost savings and regulatory compliance targets, while also preserving biodiversity.
As the economy develops and urban areas expand, China's municipal wastewater volume continues to grow. In fact, the CAGR has remained above 5% since 2011. By 2020, the municipal wastewater volume is estimated to reach 71.8 billion tons. This will further exacerbate the deterioration for China's water environment, causing a series of problems that endanger human survival and development.
The development of industrial parks is an effective way to improve the rate of industrialization and optimize industrial layout. It also helps strengthen the centralized management of industrial safety and environment protection. For this reason, in the past 20 years, the Chinese government has moved a large number of industrial enterprises to specialized industrial parks. Right now, there are over 22,000 industrial parks across China, including 478 national parks, and 1,170 provincial ones. With this high figure set to rise further, managing water resources and industrial parks environments has become key to preventing industrial pollution and promoting sustainable industrial development.
Treatment Infrastructure is the first business unit that SUEZ NWS launched in Mainland China. As early as 1975, it built the first wastewater treatment plant in Liaoyang. Over the last four decades, we have built more than 260 water and wastewater treatment facilities, which serve nearly a 100 million people in China.
With the booming development of its cities and infrastructure, China’s water and waste utilities are entering into a new era of deep transformation. This revolutionary change is strongly supported by the central government and local authorities. Pursuing a sustainable and circular economy, this process integrates numerous powerful new innovations and technologies. It also fully capitalizes on the benefits of the digital revolution. SUEZ NWS Advanced Solutions, made and delivered in China, are cutting-edge innovative technologies and service. We deliver these to clients and partners, to help them achieve all their strategic goals. This is how we help them to become future-focused utilities.