More than 400 cites in China are suffering from acute water shortages and 110 of those have reached a crisis point.
The development of the economy and society as well as the growth of the population will put even greater demand on water resources resulting in an even more serious situation.
Water resources are unevenly distributed across China.
The ongoing drought in Chongqing municipality and Sichuan province has caused serious water shortages, which has badly affected production and people's lives in those regions.
Industrial water use increased from 45.7 billion cubic meters in 1980 to 122.9 billion cubic meters in 2004. Water use by private citizens has increased from 6.7 billion cubic meters to 36.1 billion cubic meters.
By People's Daily Online