Domestic Water Supply

Understand the water supply system in China and the different providers involved...

Each city has a mains water supply company. Supply is usually metered, and monthly bills with payment instructions are sent out by the provider. The water account is usually open when the tenant moves in, with just a transfer of name necessary.

Regional water companies

  • Shanghai Tap Water Company Tel: 021 962 450
  • Beijing Waterworks Group Tel: 010 96 116

Drinking water

Piped water is not considered suitable or safe for drinking. Many people choose to have bottled water for dispensers delivered and water purifiers or a filtration system installed in their homes. Local area companies provide a telephone number which registered customers can call when they need a new delivery. Information on this service is often in Chinese only.