(June 27, 2008) The Olympics is contributing to Beijing’s worsening water crisis by increasing use of it for sports venues and prestige projects like giant musical fountains, according to a report released by Probe International.
(April 2, 2008) China is planning to divert billions of gallons of water hundreds of miles from drought-stricken regions to feed Olympic development in the capital Beijing.
(January 23, 2008) A frantic ‘100-day battle’ is underway to complete a 300-kilometre network of canals and pipes that will take water from the parched countryside of Hebei province to Beijing, for its ‘green’ Olympic games in August.
(December 1, 2007) Beijing’s dead waterways will be brought back to life—temporarily—in time for the Olympic Games, reports The Age. Officials will pump 3 billion cubic metres of water into the city from four dams in neighbouring Hebei province to replenish the water in the city’s dirty canal system.