- China is home to 20% of the global population yet only has 7% of the world's freshwater resources.1
- China is projected to move roughly 250 million people (more than the total U.S. urban population) into cities - some of which have not been built yet - within just the next 10-20 years.2
- This will bring total urban population to approximately 900 million people, or roughly 13% of the world's population.2
- In less than ten years, China will have almost one quarter of the world's 400 largest cities.2
- In addition to supporting urban growth, China will need to provide water for 400 million rural residents and meet the tremendous demands from agriculture, energy, and manufacturing sectors.3
1. UN WATER Water and Energy Sustainability Available from: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/01_2014_sustainability_eng.pdf
2. The New York Times - "China's Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million into Cities"
3. The Nature Conservancy - https://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2013/07/03/a-thirst-for-growth-fueling-chinas-urban-expansion/