Parts of China's water supply are getting worse

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is making progress in battling the damaging smog that can shroud its big cities, but in many areas - from parts of the giant Yangtze river to the coalfields of Inner Mongolia - its water pollution is getting worse.

Despite commitments to crack down on polluters, the quality of water in rivers, lakes and reservoirs in several regions has deteriorated significantly, according to inspection teams reporting back to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

In documents published this week, inspectors found that a fifth of the water in the Yangtze's feeder rivers in one province was unusable, and thousands of tonnes of raw sewage were being deposited into one river in northeastern Ningxia each day.

Worried about unrest, China launched its war on pollution in 2014, vowing to reverse the damage done to its skies, rivers and soil by more than three decades of breakneck industrial growth.

"We still have a lot of work to do," vice-minister Zhao Yingmin said at a press briefing on Friday.

"First, I'd say the point of inspections is to discover problems, and indeed we discovered in some places water quality has gotten significantly worse," he said, noting, though, that the overall situation was improving.

Over the first nine months of this year, 70.3 percent of samples taken from 1,922 surface water sites around China could be used as drinking water, up 4 percentage points from a year ago, Zhao said.

Tight supply

China has long been worried about a water supply bottleneck that could jeopardize future economic development. Per capita supplies are less than a third of the global average.

A survey published by the MEP last year showed that nearly two thirds of underground water and a third of surface water was unsuitable for human contact, with much of it contaminated by fertilizer run-offs, heavy metals and untreated sewage.

China's priority, though, has been air pollution, especially in industrialized regions like Beijing and Hebei, and it said this week that concentrations of harmful small particles, known as PM2.5, fell 12.5 percent in January-October.

"With air, you stop pollution at the source, and the blue skies come back instantly," said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, which monitors Chinese water pollution.

"For water, you can stop pollution at the source, but you still have the polluted sediment and the soil that is going to leech into the water, and it's going to take much longer."

'Below grade 5'

China grades its water in five categories. Grade three and above is deemed safe for direct human contact, while grades four and five can only be used in industry and agriculture. Water "below grade five" has "lost all functionality".

In an action plan published last year, the government vowed to improve water quality nationwide by 2030, and it aims to bring large volumes of unusable "below grade five" water back into the economy.

While improvements have been made in the past five years, China's growing demand for water has put increasing pressure on its limited resources, and sources of pollution have not been put under adequate control, said vice-minister Zhao.

This week, the top coal producing province of Shanxi revealed that 29 of the 100 surface water sites tested between January and September were found to be "below grade five", with water in the city of Datong deteriorating sharply over the period.

In the manufacturing powerhouse of Jiangsu near Shanghai on the eastern coast, inspectors found that the Yangtze, China's longest river, wasn't being protected. They said 20.5 percent of water samples taken from feeder rivers were "below grade five" last year, an increase of 11.4 percentage points in a year.

The number of surface water monitoring sites meting state standards in the coal producing region of Inner Mongolia fell by 7.7 percentage points, and the number categorized as "below grade five" rose by more than three percentage points.

In Ningxia in the northwest, another growing coal producer, water at two lakes had deteriorated from grade three to "below grade five", and inspectors found that 6,400 tonnes of raw sewage was being deposited into one river each day.

Ammonia and phosphate concentrations in one reservoir in rural Guangxi in the southwest, doubled last year as a result of pollution from farming and fishing, the ministry said.

China said this year it would spend 430 billion yuan ($62.4 billion) on around 4,800 separate projects aimed at improving the quality of its water supplies, though it did not give a timeframe.

"You need infrastructure, and there is a deficit that we have to catch up ... but the problem is how to find the motivation to clean up and behave properly, and stop pollution at the source," said Ma at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

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Xylem Wins $1.5M USD Contract For Chinese Wastewater Plant Upgrade

Xylem Leopold elimi-NITE denitrification system to provide tertiary treatment

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has won a contract worth almost $1.5M USD to provide wastewater treatment technology as part of a sewage plant upgrade project in Bengbu City (known locally as Pearl City), Anhui Province, China.

A recent report undertaken as part of the Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project found that the city’s urban sewerage and wastewater facilities were inadequate, with coverage of only about 50 percent*. As such, expanding sewerage networks and treatment capacity was deemed a high and urgent priority to achieving sustainable water quality and improving the urban environment.

Jiangbo Hu, General Manager Anhui Sunshine Water Service Co, Ltd said, “This plant upgrade project in Bengbu City will benefit more than two million people living in the city, easing the pressure on the city’s stretched wastewater networks.”

Xylem’s Leopold elimi-NITE denitrification system will be used in what will be the largest biological denitrification system in the city. The system will provide tertiary treatment, removing suspended solids and total phosphorus, and delivering biological denitrification of the wastewater.

Heng Zhang, Senior Sales Engineer, Xylem, said, “The timeline for this project is challenging, however, the depth and breadth of our team will allow us to deliver on time. The new plant will have a capacity of200,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) and will deliver the high effluent quality required by the Chinese government as it seeks to improve effluent quality across the country.”

Construction of the plant is currently underway. It is expected that the plant will be operational in December 2016.

About Xylem
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2015 revenue of $3.7B and approximately 12,500 employees worldwide.


China Wastewater Technology Market - Webinar

China Wastewater Technology Market


China’s appetite for wastewater technologies is indisputably growing. However, talking academically about China’s water challenges is not enough for China business success. This webinar series goes beyond market feasibility and general industry research to explore real-time market intel, innovative sales and marketing channels, and reliable strategic and operational partners. Is your business ready to evaluate new channels and partners for capturing China wastewater technology market opportunities?

Join us for the second in this series of webinars on China's Market for Wastewater Technologies. 

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Matt Quigley, U.S. Dept of Commerce (Host

John Robinson, Mandarin Environment (The evolving market for wastewater tech in China

Xin He, E20 (Overview of the largest network of Chinese water corporates

Daniel Wong, Sembcorp  (Update on the Nanjing International Water Hub

Paul O’Callaghan, BlueTech Research (Introducing the 2017 China BlueTech Awards) 

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Two US companies win the 2016 China BlueTech Awards

Two US companies win the 2016 China BlueTech Awards

June 16, 2016|  Shanghai , China

Los Angeles based industrial wastewater specialist, OriginClear, and Milwaukee-based stormwater company, PaveDrain have won the first ever China BlueTech Awards. The outstanding innovation of the two US companies along with the China market readiness of their technologies, impressed the judges of this prestigious new event co-organised by Mandarin Environment and BlueTech Research.

OriginClear and PaveDrain competed against a field of 30 water and wastewater technology companies from Europe, Israel, and North America, all focused on demonstrating their technology’s readiness for China market. Entrants included a wide spectrum of small and large capitalization companies with solutions across key industry submarkets, including industrial, municipal, biosolids, and stormwater. 

Of the 30 entrants, six companies were shortlisted by judges and organizers and invited to have a presence in the BlueTech Innovation Pavilion at Aquatech China, China’s largest and most important water industry expo. 

The judges were impressed by OriginClear’s advanced water cleanup technology, Electro-Water Separation™ (EWS), which is based on electrochemistry and will tackle China’s most recalcitrant type of pollutants. Scalable, with a low operational cost, it will be incorporated as a modular add-on to existing water treatment sites in China or built as a standalone process flow.  

Jean-Louis Kindler, President of OriginClear remarked, “Winning this award is a strong endorsement and recognition of the attractiveness of our solution for the industrial wastewater treatment market in China. I want to thank everyone involved, especially the very impressive group of competitors whom all deserve equal recognition for their solutions for China’s water and wastewater challenges.”    

PaveDrain’s solution for stormwater also captured the attention of the judges. The PaveDrain® system was created under the premise of allowing stormwater runoff from streets, roads, roofs and parking lots to quickly infiltrate into the ground. This places less stress on the sewer systems, can help reduce localized flooding and helps water infiltrate back into the groundwater table. Following over three years of research and development in North America, PaveDrain is now strategically aligning with China’s Sponge City initiative to bring its infiltration system to China.

PaveDrain CEO Doug Buch commented on the recognition, “We had been looking for a way to demonstrate our solution to prospective Chinese partners, and the China BlueTech Awards represented exactly the right channel to accomplish this. We would like to thank the organizers, judges and sponsors for their time, and dedication to accelerating the path to market in China for international water technologies.”

While both OriginClear and PaveDrain have recently inked agreements with strategic partners in China, both companies are still relatively new to the China. The 2016 China BlueTech Awards competition has provided a compelling and high profile platform for demonstrating their entry into the Chinese market. 

The other finalists in the 2016 China BlueTech Awards were: 

AppliTek: On-line analyzers, testing equipment, and monitoring solutions for water quality monitoring.

BDP EnviroTech: Highly efficient biological wastewater treatment utilizing Biological Double-efficiency Process (BDP).

Dais Analytic: Membrane distillation process for water purification.

Hydro International: Stormwater and wastewater solutions leveraging innovative vortex technologies. 

Building on the success of the awards, Mandarin Environment and BlueTech Research are already turning their attention to the 2017 competition, which will continue to offer international water and wastewater technology companies a platform for demonstrating readiness for the China market. Technology submissions for 2017 China BlueTech Awards will be accepted between November 1, 2016 and January 30, 2017. The Awards Reception will again take place at Aquatech China.

For more information about the China BlueTech Awards, please contact Mandarin Environment’s Ziyu Zhu at






获得最佳创新奖的OriginClear公司利用独特的的电絮凝技术,可有效去除废水中COD,氨氮和有机废物,可根据需求任意添加在现有的污水处理设备中,以低成本低能耗,大幅提高处理效率和效果。对于此次获奖,OriginClear的CEO Jean-Louis Kindler先生表示:能荣幸获此殊荣,是对OriginClear技术的认可,我们非常感谢所有参与此次评奖的其他公司,你们的优秀技术也理应获得更多的关注。

来自美国的搜集,排放,预处理雨水的渗水砖品牌,PaveDrain经过三年的研究与调试,目前的成品可有效的提高城市吸水效率,达到海绵城市要求标准,因此获得了评委的一致认可。 PaveDrain的CEO, Doug Buch先生表示:我们一直致力于将我们产品的特性介绍给中国市场,而蓝科奖则正是我们需要的方法和途径。衷心的感谢主办方,评委以及赞助商的支持与鼓励,同时我们希望PaveDrain能给海绵城市带来适合的解决方案。



AppliTek: 实时水质/污泥监测,可快速检测出水中各污染物含量;

BDP EnviroTech: 利用生化双效技术,高效处理废水;

Dais Analytic: 创新型纳米膜,可应用于空调过滤,工业废水脱盐去污等领域;

Hydro International: 利用涡旋技术的雨洪管理和污水处理技术。

随着2016年中国国际蓝科将的完美落幕,合作主办方,名都环保以及Blue Tech Research已经开始着手准备2017年中国国际蓝科将,致力于让更多的欧美清洁技术公司向中国市场展示自己的优势。报名参评的时间为:2016年11月1日 – 2017年1月30日。获奖结果将仍在Aquatech水展公办。








Principal Consultant Robinson helping to plan the "Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development"

Mandarin Environment's Principal Consultant, John Robinson is helping plan University of Chicago's US-China Forum on Water Management & Urban Development.  The forum is scheduled for October 13-14 in Chicago. 

Tentative Agenda. 

   I.          Opening Reception (Evening 10/13)

     II.          Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development, Chicago & [Chinese City to Be Determined] (Morning 10/14)

a.     David St. Pierre (tentative) & Chinese Official (TBD)

b.     Moderator: TBD

    III.          Policy Panel Discussion: Developing and implementing policies to address water challenges (Morning 10/14)

a.     Prof. Mark Templeton, Dr. Ma Zhong (tentative), Dr. Scott Moore (tentative)

b.     Moderator: TBD

   IV.          Engineering &Technology Panel Discussion: How are innovations in engineering and technology helping to address water challenges? (Morning 10/14)

a.     Panelists: Dr. Seth Darling, Dr. Yonglong Lu, Dr. May Wu, Dr. Junhong Chen

b.     Moderator: Matthew Tirrell

     V.          Lunch

   VI.          Roundtable Discussion with Scientists, Policy Administrators, & Industrialists: Coordinating Perspectives & Expertise to Address Water Challenges in Urban Development (Early Afternoon 10/14)

a.     Forum participants with discussion moderated by Steve Edwards (tentative)

VII.          Closing Address: Water & Development – Perspectives from Industry (Afternoon 10/14)

a.     Hongmei Wu (Chairman and CEO of Beijing Scinor Water Technology. Ltd) and Douglas M. Baker (Chairman and CEO of EcoLab) – both tentative.



7 Companies Selected as Finalists for the 2016 China BlueTech Awards


17 May 2016                                                          

 6 Companies Selected as Finalists for the 2016 China BlueTech Awards

 We are pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural China BlueTech Awards have been selected. It’s an impressive group of companies, with technologies that exhibit exciting potential in the China market. 

Representing European, Israeli, and North American water and wastewater technologies, the short-listed companies were selected from 30 nominations from companies that are actively focused on demonstrating their technology’s readiness for widespread adoption in the China market. Entrants included a wide spectrum of small and large cap companies with solutions across key industries submarkets, including: industrial, municipal biosolids, and stormwater.

 After reviewing each company’s submissions, the China BlueTech Awards has selected 7 companies as finalists:  The companies are:  

1.     AppliTek: On-line analyzers, testing equipment, and monitoring solutions for  water quality monitoring

2.     Dais Analytic: Membrane distillation process for water purification.

3.     Hydro International:  Stormwater and wastewater solutions leveraging innovative vortex technologies.

4.     LiqTech:  Ceramic membrane technology for difficult to treat industrial wastewater

5.     OriginClear: A next generation solution in multi-stage electrochemistry for industrial wastewater treatment.

6.     PaveDrain: Green infrastructure permeable paving system addressing stormwater management problems as part of Smart Sponge initiatives.

China BlueTech Awards finalists will participate in the BlueTech Innovation Pavilion at Aquatech China, which is June 15 – 17, 2016 in Shanghai.  The Innovation Pavilion is a unique element of Aquatech tradeshow developed in partnership with Aquatech China, designed to bring together the best of international water innovation that can address water risks and challenges in China.

After further review of the finalists, China BlueTech Awards Chinese judges will announce the overall winners of the 2016 China BlueTech Awards. The results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Reception which will be held in the Innovation Pavilion on June 15th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

Co-organized by Mandarin Environment and BlueTech Research, the China BlueTech™ Awards is a platform for innovative water/wastewater technology companies to establish their industry leadership and access an ecosystem of Chinese and international experts, corporates, and investors. The annual China BlueTech™ Awards provides a high-profile platform for technologies to demonstrate market readiness. 

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