(March 11, 2008) To ensure Beijing has enough water for the Olympic games this August, about 300 million cubic metres of water will be diverted from Hebei province starting the end of this month, according to China Daily.
(November 29, 2006) Water from a reservoir that serves as Beijing’s fourth-biggest source of drinking water is unfit even for irrigation, state media reported on Tuesday, underlining the gravity of China’s water pollution problem.
(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.
(January 17, 2003) Beijingers have been warned against regarding the south-north water-transfer scheme as an excuse to waste more water, while continuing to neglect water-saving strategies.
(July 17, 2000) Senior engineers and academics submitted this second protest letter, with an attached petition to China’s leaders in June, 2000. They point out the technical problems of siltation and population movements.
(June 23, 2000) China’s capital Beijing is suffering its worst drought in 50 years, with only 17 millimeters of rainfall reported this year, down 63 percent from the same period last year. The lack of rain is already challenging the city’s water supply, said experts at a meeting on flood control and drought prevention.
(April 26, 2000) Reservoir Level Should Be Kept Low to Reduce Resettlement and Navigation Problems, Experts Warn
(March 3, 2000) Urgent appeal that the Three Gorges project should be operated at the initial retained water level of 156 metres in line with the National People’s Congress’s resolution in order to evaluate silt deposit and to reduce resettlement pressure
(December 30, 1998) ‘Of China’s 606 cities, two-thirds are seriously short of water. The aquifer level under Beijing is 80 metres down, dropping a metre a year. No one knows how much remains.’