Parched Beijing May Divert Yellow River for Olympics – Reuters

From Reuters, via planetark.org:

Beijing may divert water from the Yellow River to guarantee water supply during the 2008 Olympics, a Chinese newspaper said on Thursday, as the world’s driest major city ponders how to slake the thirst of 2.5 million extra people.

In May, Chinese environmental officials warned that Beijing in 2008 would face a water shortage of up to 1.1 billion cubic metres if current trends prevail. Beijing would need an extra 5.75 million cubic metres of water to supply an estimated 2.5 million Olympic visitors, the Beijing News said. [Full Text]