(September 18, 2008) A water shortage in Beijing is being tackled with an emergency diversion of 300 million cubic meters of water from Hebei Province that started at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
(October 2, 2008) Beijing’s demand for water is putting pressure on upstream Hebei and Shanxi provinces to tap new supplies. South Wind Window reporter Tian Lei investigates north China’s devastating water crisis.
(October 2, 2008) The following is a translation of an article that appeared on the Hebei Water Resources Bureau’s website describing the controversial water transfer project that will transport 300 million cubic metres of water from drought-stricken Hebei province to Beijing.
(September 29, 2008) During the six months, some 1.3 million tonnes of water will arrive in Beijing everyday via a newly-dug 307-km underground canal, which forms part of the middle route of the project.
(September 18, 2008) Probe International Fellow Dai Qing is surprised that Beijing is diverting water from Hebei province weeks after the government announced it wouldn’t need to do so for the Olympics.
(August 14, 2008) Overexploitation of underground supplies.
(August 6, 2008) The Olympics have swung the focus of international attention to China’s many achievements and problems, but water shortage is not just a local issue affecting Beijing and surrounding areas.
(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.
(June 27, 2008) Water use is expected to surge by 30 percent during the Games, according to Probe International report.
(June 27, 2008) Beijing is running out of water, says a report by Probe International.
(July 8, 2008) In response to a Probe International report, Beijing Water Authority’s Bi Xiaogang said that the city’s heavy reliance on shrinking groundwater reserves was not ideal.
(June 26, 2008) Plans to divert water to Beijing for the Olympic Games are shortsighted and will not ease the city’s severe water crisis, says a report released by Probe International.
(August 1, 2008) As Beijing rounds the last turn in the final lap of its preparations for the Olympics, residents in other parts of China are left counting the cost of what the games means for them.
(July 22, 2008) Beijing’s planting of thousands of hectares of lawn and trees has been criticized by some environmentalists who say the city of more than 16 million people can ill afford to divert scarce water reserves for their upkeep.
(July 14, 2008) “The 500,000 foreign visitors expected to visit Beijing will certainly get to see some beautiful waterworks, such as the largest fountain in the world in Shunyi. No problem! But the question is: what will happen after the Games? How will people cope?” asks journalist Dai Qing.