20 September 2018

China to impose new national water pricing system, NDRC says

China will penalize heavy water users with higher rates under a new nationwide pricing mechanism designed to cut waste of the resource, according to Guo Jianying {郭劍英}, deputy inspector of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) price department. 

Guo said in a webcast on Xinhua Thursday that low rates had resulted a lot of wasted water. “We are facing a shortage of water while at the same time allowing heavy wastage of such resources,” he said.

A progressive pricing system, in which heavy users will pay more than lighter ones, may help resolve the problem, Guo said.

He said about half of the country’s cities have already started using the pricing scheme and the results were positive, suggesting the system should be implemented nationwide.

The NDRC is also considering rolling out a new system in which water rates will vary with the seasons.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]



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