(August 2, 2006) China has launched what it said was its toughest water management program for the Yellow River in a bid to stem rampant over-exploitation along the nation’s second longest waterway.
(August 21, 2006) China will invest billions of yuan in a study on water pollution that will run for 15 years and look into drinking water security, environmental improvement of river basins and urban water pollution treatment, China Daily reports.
(August 21, 2006) Fixing leaky pipes in conurbations from Mexico City to New Delhi is a better way to avert water shortages as the world population grows than costly schemes such as dams, a leading expert says.
(August 9, 2006) China’s gigantic water bureaucracy constantly needs to find new work to do and is now turning its attention to Tibet, says a Tibetan expert on natural resources.
(August 3, 2006) ‘We need to give priority to conservation because there is now inefficient use of water in agriculture, in the cities, in the urban and industrial uses along the [Yellow] river,’ says Ma Jun, author of China’s Water Crisis.
(August 3, 2006) China will soon revise its national compulsory standards on drinking water quality. The indices for testing will rise from 35 to 107, and include organic pollutants and other substances caused by industrial pollution.
(August 2, 2006) China is planning a network of tunnels and canals to divert water from Tibet to the parched Yellow River.
(August 2, 2006) The first phase of the ambitious south-north water diversion project will provide Beijing with a much-needed source of new water by the time the Olympic Games are held in the city in 2008, a top Chinese water official has confirmed.
(August 2, 2006) Critics question the environmental cost and feasibility of the third route of the south-north water diversion scheme.
(August 1, 2006) China is considering a 300-billion-yuan (US$37.5 billion) plan to divert water from the upper reaches of the Yangtze River to the Yellow River to help the thirsty northwestern areas.
(August 1, 2006) China’s quest to master its future through vast engineering feats could test new limits as Beijing prepares a controversial scheme to channel water from Tibet to the parched Yellow River in the country’s west.
(June 25, 2006) China fears that money from the West may be backing democracy: political and environmental activist Dai Qing, for example, organized training camps for NGOs sponsored by Probe International and the Open Society Institute.
(June 23, 2006) Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has ordered governments on the upper reaches of the Danjiangkou reservoir to curb pollution so that water to be diverted to Beijing will remain clean.
(June 22, 2006) Water that will be brought to the capital along the central route of the south-north water diversion project is under threat from pollution. The source of the problem is a river more than 1,000 kilometres away, in Shaanxi province.
(June 20, 2006) While the central government hangs its hopes on huge river diversion projects in the south and city residents carefully monitor their taps, a third alternative does exist for easing Beijing’s water woes: rainwater utilization.