Thursday, 24 September 2015

Beijing Water Usage Doesn't Add Up

Ski resorts like this one near Beijing have to prove they are recycling water
Beijing will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, but will it have enough snow when the Games begin?

Perhaps that's why the government is further clamping down on golf courses and ski resorts. State-run Beijing Youth Daily reported this week that city officials would assign business quotas for water use based on location and annual rainfall.

Water usage will also determine whether construction projects get the green light or not. As of July 31, only 295 out of 456 construction projects in the Chinese capital were approved because of the lack of adequate water usage plans.

Either golf courses and ski resorts "spend a lot of money to buy water, or they adopt water-saving measures including using water-saving equipment or improve waste-water recycling to decrease water consumption," the Beijing Water Authority told the newspaper.

Hmmm lots of water being used in this Beijing golf club...
This year more than 60 golf courses were shut down, mostly due to Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.

However even more needs to be done to clamp down on water usage. Annual levels of water consumption in Beijing reached 3.75 billion cubic metres last year, beyond the entire water supply available in Beijing of 2.025 billion cubic metres.

How the city made up for that whopping difference is a puzzling question... Does this mean 1.725 billion cubic metres of water were trucked in somehow? Or do have some people secretly dug some wells or somehow diverted water for their own use?

How do you use more water than is available?

Now that's a magic trick anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan needs to know...

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