Desalination Plant to Provide One-Third of Beijing Water by 2019

Apr 15, 2014 11:45 am ET

April 15 (Bloomberg) -- One-third of the tap water used in Beijing in five years will be desalinated from the sea to make it potable and boost clean supplies, according to state media.

Beijing Enterprises Water Group, the biggest publicly traded water-treatment company in China, is developing the reverse-osmosis project in the Caofeidian district of Tangshan in Hebei province, the Global Times reported. The city will get about 33 percent of its water daily from the treatment facility.

The company said it’s planning to spend 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) on the plant and 10 billion yuan more on a pipeline to transport the water. Beijing Enterprises Water started desalinating seawater in 2012.

Beijing has been battling drought for 15 years as China works to clean its water and air of pollutants. Xinhua News Agency reported April 12 that investigators traced the source of an oil pipeline leak that contaminated the water supply of 2.4 million people in Lanzhou to a unit run by China National Petroleum Corp., the latest health- and safety-related mishap in the most-populous nation.