Beijing's need for clean water, drinking water, and water treatment provide Beijing Capital Co Ltd, a firm operating various water businesses, a prominent market position in the capital city.China consumes a great deal of water, often without realizing how much of it goes to waste. At the same time, the country suffers from scarce water resources: water resources per capita are only one fourth of the world's average. Accelerating urbanization has lead to grave challenges concerning retaining existing resources and recycling used ones, and China faces problems with water treatment, industrial effects on water, and pollution. The Chinese government is now implementing reforms of its water businesses not only by strengthening capital input, but also optimizing its water pricing structure.The 11th Five Year Plan entails a total investment in the water supply, treatment, recycling, drainage and pollution prevention exceeding 1 trillion Yuan (US$125 billion). According to the policy announced by the State Council last December, China hopes to achieve a water treatment rate of 70% in various provinces and cities, with
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