Tag: conservation

Where will Beijing get its drinking water?

(August 2, 2007) An article by Science Times reporter Yi Yongyong based on a recent talk by Chinese environmentalist Wang Jian takes us through some of the water supply problems facing Beijing. Starting from the city’s pre-PRC history and moving through the half-century since, he brings us up to the present situation and speculates on the future. He focuses on two of the largest reservoirs that have until recently been among Beijing’s primary sources.

China battles against water shortages

(February 17, 2001) Although he lives near the Hongze Lake, China’s fourth largest freshwater lake, Yan Fengxia still has to buy mineral water for drinking or even cooking. "Our life gets harder as fish die due to increasing water pollution," said Yan, a fishwife who has been fishing for more than 20 years on the lake, located in the middle reaches of the Huaihe River in east China’s Jiangsu Province.