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MSCI ESG Country Brief: The South-to-North Water Diversion Project: Impacts on China's Industrial Water Pricing and Companies' Bottom Line

The December 2013 completion of the first phase of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China is already precipitating dramatic changes to industrial water prices in eastern provinces. As some portion of the scheme's infrastructure costs will be passed onto users, high transferred water prices from the Project's eastern route may signal higher future operating costs for water-intensive companies in stressed regions.

Authors: CHEW Emily, JIN Shuyuan