China to increase fees on water usage

Date: January 15, 2013
China's National Development and Reform Commission has renewed its efforts to control water resources and consequent shortages. It has ruled on minimum prices that regions must raise in their water resource rates by the end of 2015.
The raised rates mean Beijing and Tianjin have the highest increases of USD0.26  per cubic meter for surface water and USD0.64 per cubic meter for ground water, while Shanghai ranks amongst the lowest fees of USD0.016 per cubic meter for surface water and USD0.12 per cubic meter for ground water.
Last week the government issued rules and set quotas for usage amounts to regulate the development of water resources for conservation and protection, controlling excessive exploration of ground water and encouraging recycling of water resources.
Two-thirds of Chinese cities lack water according to the Ministry of Water Resources.
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