US-China programme to address water quality

Three US trade associations, the WateReuse Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, have agreed to collaborate with appropriate Chinese counterparts and help member companies identify priority projects for joint cooperation.

They are partnering the US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) and other groups in a new water quality programme, which will provide a mechanism to increase collaboration between US private sector entities and Chinese government officials and industry representatives to address water quality issues in China. The public-private partnership is intended to assist China in resolving water quality problems, while also supporting US companies interested in doing business in China.

Under the partnership, USTDA will contribute funding for management and training costs for at least 12 technical seminars or workshops on priority areas for China.